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Friday, 15 March, 2002, 08:41 GMT
Milosevic trial coverage
Slobodan Milosevic
In one of the most complex cases in legal history, Slobodan Milosevic faces charges including crimes against humanity and genocide.

The former Yugoslav President has said he does not recognise the authority of the UN tribunal, even refusing to appoint lawyers to defend him.

Prosecutors allege that together with Croatian Serb and Bosnian Serb leaders, he planned atrocities that shocked the world in the early 1990s, such as the siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre.


Follow live video coverage from The Hague here. The transmission may revert to audio due to the possibility of photographic material of an offensive nature.

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14 -15 March 2002: Lord Ashdown gives evidence

Lord Ashdown
Lord Ashdown said he warned Slobodan Milosevic he would end up on trial for war crimes

Lord Ashdown told Slobodan Milosevic that he had warned him while he was in power that he would end up being tried for war crimes if he did not change his policies. He is the first major European political figure to appear at the trial and gave evidence for the prosecution, describing his shock at seeing evidence of Serbian military operations against ethnic Albanian villages.

Day 1
 The BBC's Jon Silverman reports
 Lord Ashdown evidence

Day 2
 The BBC's Fiona Werge reports
 Confrontation with Milosevic
 Under cross-examination Part 1


18 February 2002: First witness confronts Milosevic

Mahmut Bakalli is a member of the new Kosovo parliament
Mahmut Bakalli is a member of the new Kosovo parliament

The first witness at the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has said Albanians were persecuted under a system of "apartheid". The BBC's Angus Roburgh reports.

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15 February 2002: Milosevic wants Clinton to testify

The former Yugoslav president says he will call Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and other Western leaders to give evidence at his war crimes trial. Mr Milosevic said he would be submitting a full list of foreign witnesses he wants to call. On the second day of his defence, he again accused Nato of committing crimes against humanity.

 The BBC's Justin Webb reports


14 February 2002: Milosevic blasts Nato's 'lies'

Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic hits back at his accusers, saying Nato had justified its bombing of Yugoslavia with an "ocean of lies". During a robust defence at his war crimes trial in The Hague, he denied that Serb forces had committed atrocities against Kosovo Albanians in 1999.

 The BBC's Justin Webb reports


13 February 2002: Milosevic challenges court's legitimacy

Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, speaking for the first time at his war crimes trial, has challenged the legitimacy of the United Nations tribunal in The Hague.

 The BBC's Justin Webb reports


12 February 2002: Milosevic accused of 'medieval savagery'

The prosecution in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic has accused the former Yugoslav president of being "responsible for the worst crimes known to humankind". Mr Milosevic is on trial for genocide and war crimes in the Balkans over a period of nearly 10 years.

 The BBC's Justin Webb reports from the court in the Hague

 The BBC's Jon Silverman in Kosovo - on Albanian reaction

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