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War crimes trial of Serbian ex-president starts

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A former Serbian president has gone on trial at the Hague Tribunal for alleged war crimes. The charges against Milan Milutinovic and five co-defendants relate to the Kosovo conflict in 1999.

Prosecutor Thomas Hannis said:

“The evidence in this case will show that the six accused, Milan Milutinovic, Nikola Sainovic, Dragoljub Ojdanic, Nebojsa Pavkovic, Vladimir Lazarevic, and Sretan Lukic were co-participants with Slobodan Milosevic and other Serbian political, military and police officials in a joint criminal enterprise.”

The defendants are charged with the persecution of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, the expulsion of around 800,000 people and the murder of civilians. Milutinovic has pleaded not guilty.