Bosnia court begins war crimes trial of ex-justice minister Jaime Jansen at 1:41 PM ET
[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [HRW backgrounder] Monday began the trial [press release] of Momcilo Mandic [US DOS backgrounder], a former interior minister and then justice minister in the Bosnian Serb government of Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case backgrounder] from 1992-95. Mandic pleaded not guilty in July to charges [JURIST reports] of war crimes, crimes against humanity, embezzlement and fraud. Mandic was charged in connection with his efforts to offer Karadzic financial support while in hiding and Mandic's management of correctional facilities in the Serb-controlled area of Bosnia, which allegedly illegally imprisoned many non-Serbs. Officials arrested Mandic [JURIST report] in August 2005.
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