Troubled Milosevic trial resumes

The trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague resumed Tuesday after a month-long suspension, granted after British lawyers appointed to represent Milosevic after he was deemed too ill to properly represent himself any longer requested more time to prepare their defense. The first defense witness to take the stand after the resumption of proceedings was a German journalist, Franz-Josef Hutsch, who worked as a war correspondent in Kosovo and who claims that US Army consultants MPRRI deployed Mujahaddin Arab mercenaries in Bosnia in 1998. Radio B92 in Belgrade reports that most of the hundred potential defense witnesses contacted by the Tribunal so far have refused to give evidence. Milosevic's British defense team also has an appeal pending with the Tribunal against their appointment, on the basis that Milosevic is not co-operating with them. BBC News has more.

 

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