"UN prosecutors have opened
their genocide case against Slobodan Milosevic, vowing to prove that he
played a leading role in the worst crimes against humanity in Europe
since World War II," CNN Europe reports, in a story posted at
The trial for crimes in Kosovo finished earlier this month. In the
Bosnia trial, Milosevic faces the most severe charge of genocide.
"Murder, torture and deportation are among the [other] serious
charges Milosevic, 61, now faces," CNN notes.
After the prosecution outlined the case against the former Yugoslav
leader, including large-scale murder, torture and expulsion of
Muslims from large regions of Bosnia, Milosevic answered by
showing a video that portrayed Serbs as the war's victims.
"Milosevic, who has refused a lawyer and is conducting his own
defence, looked rested after a two-week break in court hearings and
listened closely to the prosecution, sometimes smirking or frowning,"
CNN Europe reported.
"The former Yugoslav president has been charged for the mass
execution of Muslims in the city of Srebrenica, and the three-year
siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia's capital, when Serb snipers shot children,
women and the elderly on the streets and in their homes. . . .
"Outside, . . . , a dozen Bosnian protesters called for the arrest
of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his wartime general,
Ratko Mladic, who remain at large despite also being indicted for genocide
Prosecutors are expected to call 106 witnesses against Milosevic in
the Bosnia portion of the trial, and another 71 for the Croatia
So far, the trial has increased Milosevic's popularity in Serbia,
reports Time magazine's European edition, in an article posted at
(A rally for radical Serb ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj --
endorsed by Milosevic in the race for Serbia's presidency -- drew an
estimated 20,000 people in Novi Sad. "Seselj is the only man
capable of protecting Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic," his aides
told the cheering crowd, AFP reported. However, opinion polls show
Seselj in third place among the electorate).