Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic refused to enter pleas Friday to “obnoxious charges” as he appeared before the United Nations war crimes court and said that he is “a gravely ill man.”

During a 100-minute hearing, Mladic was arraigned on an 11-count indictment charging him with orchestrating the worst atrocities of a war that claimed 100,000 lives.

Asked by Presiding Judge Alphons Orie if he understood his rights as a suspect at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at The Hague, Mladic said he was gravely ill and needed more time to understand the charges.

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