Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mladic appear Friday in The Hague

Former Ratko Mladic Serbian military finally appear on Friday at 08.00 hours GMT at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague, accused of 11 cases including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. At that hearing it read to Mladic crimes he is accused of the worst war crimes in Europe since 1945.

Then shall be declared guilty or innocent. The tribunal's chief prosecutor, Serge Brammertz, has explained that the proceedings against Mladic and Radovan Karadzic will most likely not be combined, despite speculation to the contrary. When asked about how the entire process could last, Brammertz said that it depended on various things such as Mladic's health and whether or appoint a legal team will defend itself.

"It's very difficult to say how long. The problem is not the prosecution, we have our current charge sheet will be a matter of how long you need the defense to prepare its case," he said. Many of the charges are the same, but the trial of former political leader of Bosnian Serbs and began a year and a half, while the beginning of Mladic will depend on how long you need to prepare his defense, he said.

In the civil war in the former Yugoslavia (1992-95) killed about 100,000 Muslims, Croats and Serbs, but most of the victims were Bosnian Muslims, due to the military superiority of the Serbs. The family's lawyer argued Mladic in Belgrade before the transfer of the accused to the Hague, the former general was not able to be extradited because of his poor health, which was rejected by the Serbian judicial authorities.

Mladic, 68, suffered a stroke in recent years, according to his legal representative, prevents him from facing trial in The Hague. Mladic is accused of genocide over the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995. He is also accused, among other things, crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly occurred during the siege of Sarajevo which claimed 10,000 lives during the Bosnian war (1992-1995).

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