May 16th, 2012
12:36 AM ET

Long-awaited Mladic war crimes trial begins Wednesday

Ratko Mladic, who is accused of orchestrating a horrific campaign of ethnic cleansing during the bloody civil war that ripped apart Yugoslavia, goes on trial Wednesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.

Prosecutors say Mladic's campaign included the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

The 70-year-old former Bosnian Serb general has been indicted on 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the 1992-95 war.

On Monday, his lawyers filed a petition to delay his trial by six months, contending the prosecution failed to share evidence in a timely manner and that the presiding Dutch judge was biased because of his role in other trials of Serbs.

The court, however, said the trial is set to open as scheduled on Wednesday morning.

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  1. Michael Thomas

    He's a hero.

    May 16, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    An evil which should have been snared and eradicated long before. His culpability though is to be shared by those forces which were supposed to protect innocent civilians and looked away, while this evil debased humanity.
    No punishment would be severe enough to match his crimes against humanity.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Much agreed, saywhat.
      This monstrosity of a man needs to be dealt with in the harshest of manners....

      May 16, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. HIDE BEHIND

    The real criminals in the break upof the old Yugo Republic will not ever go on trial, as this break up was instigated by some of the natipns who will have members trying the case.
    All this case is being presented for is to justify such intrerventions, and to hide others bloody hands in the whole affair.
    the historical truth is out there but will not be on trial.
    Insted we will see a political whitewash,
    No matter the nation, or for that mattrr a community you can find men to commit atrocious acts thinking someone has their backs that eventually will be judged as a liabilty to those backers.
    And the " games" go on.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Pete, my friend, if it were only that easy....

    May 16, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Rightly said @ Hide Behind @ banasy
    Humanity suffers , atrocities go on, powers that be continue playing their game , only at rare times doing something selectively to suit their agenda.
    Way of this world of ours.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |