Mladic defense opens at UN war tribunal

Mladic was in hiding for 16 years before being arrested in 2011 [Getty Images]
Ratko Mladic\’s defence case opens at the Yugoslav war crimes court on Monday, with the Bosnian Serb ex-army chief accused of masterminding some of Europe\’s worst atrocities since World War II.
Mladic denies 11 charges dating to the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
He is specifically accused of a role in the massacre of more than 7,000 Bosniak men and boys at Srebrenica.
The massacre was Europe\’s worst atrocity since World War II.
Mladic has denounced the UN tribunal as "satanic".
The defence argues that Gen Mladic was simply a soldier following orders.
His lawyers have described him as a self-proclaimed patriot who fought to defend his people.
In the Srebrenica enclave, Bosnian Serb forces overran the UN-defended safe area, killing Muslim men and boys in July 1995.
Ratko Mladic was the general in charge of the troops. He was on the run for 16 years before being arrested in 2011 in northern Serbia, where he had been living under an assumed name.
Source: Agencies
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