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Monday, 8 April, 2002, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
Milosevic trial resumes
Slobodan Milosevic
Milosevic put up a spirited defence during his trial
The trial of the former Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, has resumed at the international war crimes tribunal in the Hague after a three-week pause.

The hearings were first postponed after Mr Milosevic had been diagnosed with influenza, and further delays were caused by the Easter holidays.

The Monday hearing is closed to the public to protect the identity of two witnesses called by prosecutors to testify.

Mr Milosevic is on trial for war crimes in Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia during the break-up of Yugoslavia. He has been accused of genocide in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995.

Kosovo hearing

The trial is hearing testimony about Mr Milosevic's alleged crimes in Kosovo before it begins to consider the indictments against him over the Bosnian and Croatian wars, and it is expected that several protected witnesses will testify this week.

Milosevic charges
  • Genocide
  • Crimes against humanity
  • Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions
  • Violations of the laws or customs of war

    Click here for a full list of charges

  • Europe's biggest war crimes trial since the end of World War II began on 12 February, and is expected to last two years.

    Mr Milosevic - who does not recognise the court - declined to plead, leading judges to enter a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

    After initially refusing to co-operate with the tribunal, Mr Milosevic opted to defend himself against the charges he had rejected as false.

    He has put up a spirited defence and has been vigorously cross-examining witnesses.

    Prosecutors are expected to call several hundred witnesses.

    Mr Milosevic has said he will call several world leaders, including former US President Bill Clinton and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    If convicted, Mr Milosevic faces life imprisonment.

    See also:

    19 Feb 02 | Europe
    Kostunica attacks Milosevic trial
    12 Mar 02 | Europe
    The Milosevic case: Timeline
    01 Mar 02 | Country profiles
    Country profile: Yugoslavia
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