Disruptive Mladic removed from court hearing
Hundreds of people gathered in the main square of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, to watch a live broadcast of the hearing, cheering and shouting, “The monster is gone,” as Mr. Mladic was escorted out of the courtroom.
Victims who traveled to The Hague were not surprised by Mr. Mladic‘s behavior in court.
“He showed who he is and what he is like. He displayed no regret and doesn’t want justice for the victims,” said Hatidia Mehmedovic, a survivor of the Srebrenica massacre.
“We are made to suffer, to mourn our children. We are forced to watch him make a circus in the court,” she said. “This should be a short trial. He should be treated the way he treated our children, how he treated thousands of innocent people … killed at his orders.”
At his first hearing in June, Mr. Mladic enraged war survivors in the public gallery by looking at them and drawing his finger across his throat.
After entering the pleas, Judge Orie adjourned the hearing without setting a date for trial or scheduling another hearing. It is likely any lawyers Mr. Mladic requests that meet the registry’s requirements will be approved quickly, and then judges can set a date for the next pretrial hearing.
Judge Orie told Mr. Aleksic, court-appointed lawyer, that if he is able to communicate with Mr. Mladic, he should inform him of his not-guilty pleas and that he has the option of changing them at any time.
If convicted, Mr. Mladic could face a sentence of up to life in prison.
Associated Press writers Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia, and Toby Sterling in Amsterdam contributed to this report.