For over a decade, Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic was one of the world’s most wanted men. Tuesday evening, May 31, as the metal doors of the Dutch prison in Scheveningen closed behind him, their clang heralded an overdue victory for international justice and possibly a new beginning for Serbia, where the general spent most of his fugitive years.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Monday refused to appear at the opening day of his long-awaited trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. In a letter dated Wednesday and made public Thursday, Karadzic complains that he has not been given the relevant case material on time — and he says the volume of material would have been too much to go through even if he had received it promptly.
South Korea’s K.J Choi grabbed the first round lead at the Hong Kong Open on Thursday with a superb eight-under-par 62 at a $2.25 million tournament jointly sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours. Mladic faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the killing of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica in July 1995.
The trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is unlikely to start before September, the judge at his Yugoslav war crimes tribunal said Wednesday. Even the pre-trial conference is unlikely to start before then, Judge Iain Bonomy said at a status hearing