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Mladic awaits trial at The Hague

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Ratko Mladic will appear before the UN war crimes tribunal on Friday to face genocide and crimes against humanity charges.

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia have scheduled Mladic’s initial court appearance for 1000 CET, when he will be asked to enter a plea, according to a statement on the court’s website.

Mladic was indicted over the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica, close to the border with Serbia, during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

The former Bosnian Serb military leader arrived at The Hague’s detention centre near Rotterdam on Tuesday night. Several war crimes trials in The Hague have dragged on for years and with Mladic’s defence citing his alleged ill health, it is unclear how long the process will last.