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<nettime> historic webcast: milosevic indictment (tuesday 9.30 AM CET)

(via the justwatch list. this historic webcast, hosted by and might interest some nettimers. the milisovic indictment
will be read in courtroom 1 of the UN criminal tribunal in the hague
(NL). the reading will start on tuesday morning at 0930 CET. go to: or try the links on


From: B92 Daily News Bulletin for Sunday, December 9, 2001

Milosevic to plead on Bosnian genocide charges

THE HAGUE, Sunday - Slobodan Milosevic will be confronted with the charge
of genocide on Tuesday when he is asked to plead on the third and gravest
indictment against him for crimes in Bosnia.

The indictment contains 29 counts of genocide, complicity to commit
genocide and crimes against humanity. The former Yugoslav president has
so far refused to plead on either of the two indictments read out against
him, for crimes in Kosovo and Croatia. Pleas of not guilty have been
entered on his behalf.

The team of three "friends of the court" appointed to aid Milosevic
with his defence will be given the opportunity this week to reply to
the prosecution request to try all three indictments in one procedure.

December 9, 2001

Milosevic Faces 'Mother of All Indictments'

By Paul Gallagher

   AMSTERDAM, Dec. 9 (Reuters) - Former Yugoslav President Slobodan
Milosevic will be confronted at The Hague war crimes tribunal on Tuesday
with Bosnian genocide charges in what has been dubbed ``The Mother of
All Indictments.''

   Milosevic, accused of spearheading Serb ``ethnic cleansing'' during
the 1992-95 Bosnian war in the third and gravest indictment facing him,
will be asked to plead to the charges in the dock of the United Nations
war crimes court.

   The Bosnia indictment was the ``missing link'' in a chronicle of
three major wars in the Balkans during almost a decade of Milosevic's
13 years in power, said Mirko Klarin, senior editor of the London-based
Institute for War and  Peace Reporting.

   ``The Bosnia indictment is ... to use Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's
metaphor `The Mother of All Indictments','' Klarin said in an article
ahead of Milosevic's next court appearance.

   Milosevic, handed over to the tribunal in June by the Belgrade
reformers who defeated him in elections last year, declined earlier this
year to plead to charges of crimes against humanity in Croatia in 1991-92
and in Kosovo in 1999.

   The court entered ``not guilty'' pleas on his behalf.  Milosevic
has refused to appoint a defense counsel in a show of contempt for
the tribunal, branding it illegal and biased against his native Serbia.

   The most prominent European to face a war crimes court since the
Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders at the end of World War II, Milosevic
is set to go on trial next year charged with crimes listed in all
three indictments.

   The Bosnian indictment covers many of the darkest episodes of the
bitter conflict, from the shelling of Sarajevo to the slaughter of
civilians at Sanski Most, Srebrenica and Zvornik.


   Serb atrocities in Bosnia -- from the shelling of bread queues
in Sarajevo to the Srebrenica massacre -- horrified the outside world,
sparked U.N.  sanctions against Serbia and Western shuttle diplomacy
culminating in the 1995 Dayton peace accord.

   ``These charges link Slobodan Milosevic with events that shocked the
world,'' Human Rights Watch spokesman Richard Dicker said. ``The genocide
counts are important for those hundreds of thousands of victims.''

   Milosevic is also accused in the indictment of acting in concert with
the tribunal's two most wanted men -- fugitive Bosnian Serb wartime leader
Radovan Karadzic and his military commander Ratko Mladic.

   The indictment -- containing 29 counts of genocide, complicity to
commit genocide and crimes against humanity -- was formally approved
by the court last month after a tribunal judge said it contained
sufficient evidence to lead to a trial.

   Milosevic, who turned from Marxism to Serbian nationalism as the
six republics of the former communist state of Yugoslavia fragmented at
the end of the Cold War, is set to appear in court at 0830 GMT on Tuesday.

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