Prosecutor wants to amend Mladic indictment

13th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

The prosecutor of the UN's Yugoslav war crimes court has sought leave to amend the indictment against fugitive genocide accused Ratko Mladic to reduce the number of criminal counts from 15 to 11.

"We want to bring it (the indictment) in line with new jurisprudence and add new evidence," prosecution spokeswoman Olga Kavran told AFP of the filing made on Monday to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

"We updated, clarified and listed in more details to the allegations."

On the new indictment, Mladic would be charged with 11 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Kavran said the broad charges remained "essentially the same", relating to four main events: "ethnic cleansing" committed in the 1992-95 Bosnian war, the 44-month siege of Sarajevo that left 10,000 dead, the July 1995 massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, and the taking of UN hostages.

Mladic is charged in his capacity as former commander of the main staff of the Bosnian Serb Army.

"Ratko Mladic, together with Radovan Karadzic, was a key member of an overarching joint criminal enterprise the objective of which was the permanent removal of Bosnian Muslims and Croats from the territory in Bosnia and Herzegovina that Bosnian Serbs claimed for themselves," the office of the prosecutor said in a statement.

"To achieve this aim, Ratko Mladic, acted in concert with others to commit crimes in different locations and at different times as alleged in the indictment."

The indictment, first issued in July 1995, was last updated in 2002.

"The prosecutor of the ICTY urges Serbia and the international community to take all necessary measures to secure his arrest," said the statement.

"His arrest is long overdue."

Judges of the court now have to rule on the prosecutor's application.

© 2010 AFP

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