Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mladic appear on Friday for the first time in court

.- The Hague Bosnian Serb former general Ratko Mladiccomparecerá The first on Friday before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), said today the Court. Mladic, who faces 11 charges including genocide and crimes against humanity, may plead guilty or innocent of them in that view.

In the event that the accused refused to issue a statement, the judges will convene another hearing for the same purpose within 30 days. According to the order of the judges, Mladic appear on Friday, June 3, at 10.00 am (0800 GMT) in a court room. After his arrival yesterday in the prison of Scheveningen (near The Hague), Mladic underwent a medical examination, which must occur on the same day that an inmate enters the prison, as established by the regulations of the penitentiary.

The family's lawyer argued Mladic in Belgrade before the transfer of indicted to The Hague that the former general was not able to be extradited because of his poor health, which was rejected by the Serbian judicial authorities. Mladic, 69, suffered a stroke in recent years as its legal representative prevents him from facing trial in The Hague.

The poor state of health of Bosnian Serb could be one of the main lines of defense to delay the start of the trial. During the first hearing will also be clear whether the defendant have a lawyer or if otherwise opt to defend itself, as the former leader Radovan Karadzic Bosnian Serb political.

Mladic is accused of genocide over the massacre in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica of 8,000 Muslims 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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