Trial of Mladic starts at The Hague

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Ratko Mladic

The trial of former Serb Commander Ratko Mladic, accused of war crimes during the 1992 to 1995 Bosnian War began at The Hague on Wednesday.

Mr. Mladic is facing eleven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in what was known as "ethnic cleansing" in that war.

He has pleaded not guilty to the crimes, which include the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica and the 44-month siege of Sarajevo in which over 10,000 people died.

Nerma Jelačić is spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

"The most important thing that happened this morning is that this case opened. It started with the opening statement of the prosecution in which they laid out all of the evidence that they have gathered and are planning to present in the course of this trial where they are charging him with genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina."

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