Court gets Mladic notebooks

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Eighteen notebooks written by fugitive Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic were handed to the UN war crimes court in May after being found in his wife's apartment, said a court document made public Thursday.

"The notebooks were seized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia on February 23, 2010, from the apartment of Bosiljka Mladic, the wife of the ICTY indictee and fugitive General Ratko Mladic," said the prosecution document.

The motion, filed with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia last Friday in the case of two other war criminals, said the 3,500 handwritten pages cover the period June 1991 to November 1996.

"It is the prosecution case that the notebooks are contemporaneous notes taken by General Ratko Mladic," reads the motion, which seeks permission to add the notes as evidence in an unrelated trial.

The Serbian government initially provided the notebooks to the office of the prosecutor in scanned format. The originals were presented to the tribunal on May 11.

"The notebooks constitute a significant volume of new evidence," prosecution spokeswoman Olga Kavran told AFP.

Mladic has been on the run since being indicted by the ICTY in 1995 for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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