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Posted: May 19, 2014 3:24 AM

Updated: May 19, 2014 3:24 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic has launched the defense case in his long-running U.N. trial by calling a former Serb army officer who claims he was never ordered to fire on civilians in the besieged Bosnian capital.

Mile Sladoje, a former assistant commander of a Serb battalion in Sarajevo, was the first witness called by Mladic on Monday in the trial on charges including genocide.

A summary of his testimony read by one of Mladic's lawyers made clear that Sladoje will deny ever being ordered by Mladic to deliberately target civilians with a sniping campaign one of the key charges Mladic faces.

The 72-year-old Mladic denies 11 charges of ordering Serb atrocities throughout the 1991-95 Bosnian war. He faces a life sentence if convicted.

Topics: War Crimes-Mladic

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