War crimes proceedings begin for Ratko Mladic

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic has entered a Yugoslav war crimes tribunal courtroom for his arraignment on an 11-count indictment that charges him with orchestrating the worst atrocities of a war that claimed 100,000 lives.

Mladic's appearance Friday at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague is his first public appearance since he went into hiding nearly 16 years ago, when he was indicted for genocide and war crimes committed in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Mladic, wearing a suit, tie and cap, stood looking bullish between two guards as the hearing started. He took off the cap when he sat down and confirmed he could understand the proceedings.