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U.N. Court Aims to Start Mladic Trial March 27

Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, who was arrested Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Serbia after years in hiding. Genocide suspect Ratko Mladic in due in a Belgrade court for a hearing which is a legal step toward his extradition to a U.N. war crimes tribunal. Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive was arrested Thursday in a northern Serbian village after 16 years on the run. The hearing is set for noon (1000 GMT) Friday, May 27, 2011.

Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, who was arrested Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Serbia after years in hiding. Genocide suspect Ratko Mladic in due in a Belgrade court for a hearing which is a legal step toward his extradition to a U.N. war crimes tribunal. Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive was arrested Thursday in a northern Serbian village after 16 years on the run. The hearing is set for noon (1000 GMT) Friday, May 27, 2011.  (AP2011)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal are aiming to start Gen. Ratko Mladic's genocide trial on March 27.

At a status conference Thursday for the former Bosnian Serb military chief, presiding judge Alphons Orie said he aims to hold a pre-trial conference March 26 and prosecution opening statements the following day.

Also Thursday, Mladic pleaded not guilty to charges linked to a new allegation filed recently by prosecutors -- that Bosnian Serb troops executed more than 30 Muslim prisoners in the eastern Bosnian town of Bisina in July 1995.

Mladic had previously refused to enter pleas to any of the charges against him. Judges had entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.