May 16 - Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic taunted Srebrenica survivors at the start of his trial for genocide, running his hand across his throat. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic taunted Srebrenica survivors on Wednesday at the start of his trial for genocide, running his hand across his throat in a gesture of defiance to relatives of the worst massacre in Europe since World War Two. Mladic, now 70, flashed a thumbs-up and clapped his hands as he entered the courtroom in The Hague, where he faces possible life imprisonment for allegedly leading the slaughter of 8,000 unarmed Muslim boys and men in Srebrenica in 1995. In the packed public seating area, a mother of one of the Srebrenica victims whispered "vulture" several times as prosecutors opened their case. Later, Mladic made eye contact with one of the Muslim women in the audience, running a hand across his throat, in a gesture that led Presiding judge Alphons Orie to hold a brief recess and order an end to "inappropriate interactions." "The chamber observed and was further informed an inappropriate interaction between the public gallery and Mr. Mladic. Now, I am refraining from any observation as who initiated that, but the best way of not having to respond to that is just to focus on what happens in this courtroom, rather then to look at the public gallery," said presiding judge Alphons Orie after the incident.