Mladic condemns war tribunal as a 'satanic court'

Former Bosnian Serb army commander General Ratko Mladic condemned the United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands as a "satanic court" as he began giving evidence as a defence witness for his former political master, Radovan Karadzic.

Ratko Mladic at the war tribunal in Hague Credit: ICTY

Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic are facing charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This is the first time they are appearing in public together since the end of the conflict in former Yugoslavia.

Mr Mladic's request not to testify due to poor health and possible prejudice was denied by the court.

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