Friday, October 14, 2011

ICTY rejects request for 2 separate trials

THE HAGUE - The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) rejected on Thursday the request for staging two separate trials in the Ratko Mladic case, one of which would cover the Srebrenica crime.

The Prosecutor's Office previously called on the ICTY to conduct two trials against Mladic, one of which would cover the Srebrenica crime while the other would refer to crimes committed in Sarajevo and other places in Bosnia-Herzegovina, saying that this would ensure greater efficiency of the proceedings.

The ICTY Trial Chamber released that it is in the interest of victims for a court verdict to be passed as soon as possible, but two separate trials would imply reduction of the indictee's rights.

The release also states that witnesses would have to appear before the court two times if this request were to be granted.

The next status conference in the Mladic case has been scheduled for November 10.

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