Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mladic appear today before the Hague Tribunal for genocide and war crimes

The Hague. - Former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic appear before the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Friday at 08:00 GMT, confirmed Nerma Jelasic, prosecution spokeswoman. At the hearing you will be asked to plead guilty or innocent, but also have the right to request a delay of a month.

For now Mladic has not said whether appointed counsel or assume its own defense, a strategy that used the former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to delay processes. Mladic, who was extradited on Tuesday to stand trial, has been charged with genocide for the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, and also faces other charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia between 1992 and 1995.

ICTY chief prosecutor, Serge Brammertz, said it would "theoretically possible" to join the proceedings against Mladic and Karadzic, but "not likely" to be done, so other avenues are being considered, said the newspaper "Novosti" . Karadzic was arrested in July 2008 and his trial began in October 2009.

As Mladic, is accused of genocide over the Srebrenica massacre and atrocities known during the Bosnian civil war.

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