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Serbia's Mladic has charges streamlined

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Serbia's Mladic has charges streamlined


Fugitive Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic faces a reduced indictment if he is caught, an amendment aimed at eventually shortening his trial.

He led the Bosnian Serb army in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The first counts against him remain the Srebrenica massacre and the siege of Sarajevo.

The chief UN war crimes prosecutor has been assessing Serbia’s cooperation with the Hague-based war crimes court. In Belgrade, he reiterated that both Mladic and Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic top the most wanted list.

Serge Brammertz said: “I would like to conclude by saying that the arrest of the two fugitives is really the absolute priority for our office. As we are saying all the time, there can be no alternative to these arrests.”

Serbia’s progress towards EU membership depends on its coming to terms with its wartime past. The new indictment lists 11 criminal counts from 15 before. Brammertz said he did not think Mladic was outside Serbia.

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