UN prosecutor wants two separate trials for Mladic

17th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The chief prosecutor at the UN's war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia wants two separate trials for ex-Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, his office said Wednesday.

"The prosecutor is asking to sever the Mladic indictment into two parts and to conduct two separate trials instead of one," said Ljiljana Pitesa, information assistant at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia's prosecutor's office.

The first trial will deal with the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 were some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed over a six-day period in Europe's worst atrocity since WWII.

After the first trial is concluded, the next trial will deal with all of the other crimes on the Mladic indictment, namely those committed in the siege of Sarajevo, and in municipalities in Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as the taking hostage of UN personnel, Pitesa added.

The motion for two triales was filed Tuesday, court documents showed.

The 69-year-old Mladic, also known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", was arrested in northeastern Serbia on May 26 after 16 years on the run.

He faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the bloody 1992-95 Bosnian war.

© 2011 AFP

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