Ratko Mladic Trial Starts Today

International Criminal Court (ICC) today scheduled to begin trial of former Serb army general, Ratko Mladic. He will be charged with a number of allegations, including the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims during the Balkan wars in the 1990s.

According to the Associated Press news agency, a war crimes trial of Mladic took place at the ICC Court The Hague, Netherlands, on Friday morning local time (afternoon GMT). Mladic, who has been in jail since May 31, 2011 ICC after being arrested in Serbia last week, will be charged eleven indictments.

At the initial hearing, the judge will ask about their credentials directly to Mladic. In addition, the judge asked if Mladic understand on eleven charges imposed on him.

69-year-old defendant will then be given a chance whether to plead guilty or not of all charges. Board of judges will provide the opportunity for 30 days to the defendant when the trial day did not directly respond to all allegations.

When up to 30 days there has been no response, then the board of the judge considers the defendant claimed not guilty to all charges. From there the trial court will continue to prove that Mladic guilty or innocent of all charges.

Mladic is among the charges to genocide, extermination, and torture of cases in the city of Srebrenica massacre in April 1995. At that time some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, both male adults and children, become victims of the massacre. Mladic was allegedly involved in a bloody siege in the city of Sarajevo, which killed 10,000 people.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Mladic asked the court to postpone the hearing on his client. The reason, according to his lawyer, Mladic has been sentenced to suffer from cancer and had been treated at a hospital in Belgrade in April 2009.

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Posted by Dwi Anggono on Friday, June 03, 2011. Filed under , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Feel free to leave a response

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