Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Ratko Mladic in court for pretrial

Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic has returned to court at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague
Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic has returned to court at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague

Genocide suspect Ratko Mladic has returned to the UN Yugoslav tribunal for a pre-trial hearing at The Hague, looking calmer than at his chaotic arraignment in July.

Last month, the former Bosnian Serb general was thrown out after shouting at judges, who entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Mladic left the talking to lawyer Branko Lukic at the latest hearing.

The most important part of the hearing, a discussion of Mladic's health, was conducted in closed session due to privacy rules.

Defence lawyers claim Mladic, 69, may be too ill to stand trial. Prosecutors are seeking to have his trial split to first deal with his alleged responsibility for the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica, in Bosnia.

Judge Alphons Orie set the next pre-trial hearing for October 6.

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