Mladic Calls Charges 'Obnoxious'
He also calls himself a gravely ill man in first appearance at The Hague
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2011 5:44 AM CDT
Ratko Mladic makes his first appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal on June 3, 2011 in The Hague, Netherlands.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Ratko Mladic is definitely not playing ball: In his first appearance at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at The Hague today, Mladic called himself a "gravely ill man" and refused to enter pleas to what he called "obnoxious charges." Asked by the presiding judge if he understood his rights as a suspect, Mladic said he needed more time to do so. He also said that he did not want "a single letter or sentence" of his indictment read in court ... and the judge then proceeded to read the 38-page indictment, reports the AP.