Reporting from London — War crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was thrown out of court Monday at The Hague after he shouted in protest and refused to hear the allegations against him. The court entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf to charges that he oversaw unspeakable acts of genocide during the 1992-95 Balkans conflict.
"I'm not going to listen anymore. You're talking in vain," a contemptuous Mladic told the International Criminal Court as the presiding judge began reading out the counts against him.
As the former Bosnian Serb general pulled off his headphones and continued to hurl abuse, the judge asked security officers to remove him from the courtroom.
Mladic, 69, is accused of genocide and crimes against humanity during his leadership of Bosnian Serb forces seeking to carve out a Greater Serbia from what had been Yugoslavia. Troops under his command laid siege to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, for nearly four years, killing 10,000 people, and slaughtered 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995 in a grisly act of "ethnic cleansing."