Milosevic told to pick up the pace as trial resumes

[JURIST] Judges of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugolsavia [official website] told former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [BBC profile] Monday to move more quickly in conducting his defense against charges of genocide and war crimes. Milosevic has asserted his right to represent himself, and thus conducts the questioning of witnesses he calls, but he has had several health problems that have delayed the trial, most recently last week, when Milosevic was down with the flu. On Monday, however, judges were more concerned with the roundabout style of his questioning, pointing out that pursuant to a court order issued Thursday [ICTY text] that he only has 150 court days to present his case, and that 28 of those days have already been used, with a significant amount of testimony still remaining. Presiding judge Patrick Robinson of Jamaica warned Milosevic that he was 'going around in circles and wasting a lot of time.' Reuters has more. JURIST provides background on the Milosevic trial [JURIST Newsmakers archive].

 

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