Obnoxious and monstrous words is what former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic called the charges against him, declining to enter a plea at the Yugoslavia war crimes court, reported Reuters on Friday.

Mladic is accused of a 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica, close to the border with Serbia, during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. He has 30 days to enter a plea and said, he needed more than a month to study the charges against him, but Judge Alphons Orie scheduled a new hearing for July 4, the report stated.

Making a basketball hand signal for time out (a pause), Mladic asked to speak in private with his lawyer and Orie called a 10-minute recess, the report said.