May 17th, 2012
09:14 AM ET

Court suspends Ratko Mladic war crimes trial

The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic was suspended until further notice Thursday over the prosecution's failure to disclose some evidence against Mladic, court spokeswoman Nerma Jelacic said.

The abrupt suspension came only a day after the long-awaited trial began.

Prosecutors had been planning to focus Thursday on the massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica, for which they accuse Mladic of responsibility.

But the defense called for a halt to the trial after it found that the prosecution had not shown it all the evidence against Mladic. Under court rules, the defense has a right to study prosecution evidence before a trial begins.

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  1. Vlad the Impaler

    Born in 1942, Mladic is seventy years old. This will be like Slobodon Milosevic's five year trial that ended with no verdict when he died in his comfortable cell in the Hague, a nice retirement home for Yugoslavian leadership.

    By the way, the Hague has no jurisdiction over internal armed conflicts. The leadership of countries are allowed to supress insurrections, brutally. This is a feel-good european kangaroo court.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed, they fail to mention that the muslim insurgents are who started that war

      May 17, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    A kangaroo court it is indeed.Toothless and ignored.
    Milosevics and Miladics of this world would continue thumbing their noses at us.
    good morning all.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Failure to disclose evidence can cause a mistrial...and then they start all over again? C'mon now!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Let all those who struggle for freedom, men,women children be killed. Let things like ethnic cleansing, mass murder, crimes against humanity everywhere be declared justified.
    Whats the point in our posturing like champions of freedom, democracy and liberty in places like Egypt, Syria, sudan , Afghanistan and so on?

    May 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Ah, and let me also mention in 'passing' that if its muslims who are engaged in this struggle anywhere, then this be done as swiftly as possible.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RATCO ©

    Ratco !!!!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    Serbia and other new republics of the former Yugoslavia should be handling these trials themselves.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |