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Slobodan Milosevic

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31.05.2006.

TRIBUNAL NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR MILOSEVIC'S DEATH

Report of the internal enquiry into the circumstances leading to Slobodan Milosevic's death in the UN Detention Unit was made public today. The accused was neither murdered nor poisoned; he did not commit suicide. The ICTY, the management of the UN DU and the Dutch physicians treating him are not responsible for his death. Manipulating his therapy, Milosevic was "was prepared to put his own life and health at risk"
THE HAGUE | 13.12.2005.

MOTION TO RE-OPEN THE PROSECUTION CASE AGAINST MILOSEVIC DISMISSED

The Trial Chamber dismisses prosecution motion to present new evidence in the case against Slobodan Milosevic. Although some of the proposed evidence "has a certain evidentiary value", the Chamber decides that none of it "is of significance for the crucial legal issue: is the accused responsible for the crimes alleged in the indictment"
THE HAGUE | 13.12.2005.

MILOSEVIC NOT GIVEN ADDITIONAL TIME TO PRESENT HIS CASE

The request for additional 380 hours for the defense is dismissed. The judges abandon the idea to sever the proceedings on the Kosovo indictment from the rest of the case and opt for the continuation and swift completion of the trial on all three indictments
THE HAGUE | 12.12.2005.

MILOSEVIC TRIAL ADJOURNED UNTIL 23 JANUARY

The judges decide to accept the recommendation that the accused be given a six-week break. The examination about Lieutenant-Colonel Janos Sel about the contents of his "work book" from 1998 and 1999 ended today
THE HAGUE | 12.12.2005.

MILOSEVIC WANTS TO GO TO MOSCOW

The accused is asking to be allowed to spend the court recess over Christmas and New Year in Moscow, getting treatment at the Bakulev Institute. The Chamber says it would not consider Milosevic's request "serious" until he files a written motion and submits relevant medical documentation
THE HAGUE | 10.12.2005.

BLAIR AND SCHROEDER WILL NOT TESTIFY AT MILOSEVIC TRIAL

Judges dismiss the application of assigned counsel for the issuing of binding orders to the United Kingdom and Germany - a subpoena to Blair and Schroeder to provide testimony
THE HAGUE | 08.12.2005.

MILOSEVIC ASKS 380 HOURS MORE FOR HIS EVIDENCE

The prosecutor warns that to grant the demand would be to create "a non-realistic situation in which the trial would last for a very long time or perhaps would not end at all". According to him that "might be what the accused wants". Judge Robinson labels Milosevic's demand "frivolous and irresponsible"
THE HAGUE | 07.12.2005.

GENERAL JELIC CHALLENGES GENERAL STAFF

Although the daily operational report of the VJ General Staff of 16 January 1999 states that "an element of the forces of the 243rd Mechanized Brigade is sealing off the Racak village where Interior Ministry (MUP) forces are engaging the Siptar terrorist forces," the then brigade commander claims that his forces were in the area on "regular training tasks"
THE HAGUE | 06.12.2005.

CHAIN OF COMMAND AND CHAIN OF CARE

Orders and other military documents tendered into evidence by Milosevic in the course of General Krsman Jelic's testimony are, in Milosevic's opinion, "cumulative evidence that everything was done during the conflict in Kosovo to prevent crimes and protect the civilian population". Judge Robinson notes that Milosevic and his witnesses are "obsessed by formalism"
THE HAGUE | 01.12.2005.

GENERAL JELIC: "NOT A CHANCE OF SOMEONE FIRING AT CIVILIANS "

General Krsman Jelic begins his testimony at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic. He is a former commander of the VJ 243rd Mechanized Brigade. The village of Racak was in his area of responsibility in 1999. The witness denies that claims made by Canadian general Maisonneuve, one of the heads of the Kosovo Verification Mission. Testifying for prosecution, General Maisonneuve said that Jelic's liaison officer had told him on 16 January 1999 that the army had given "fire support" to the police during the action in Racak

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