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ICTY presses Milosevic on calling world leaders as witnesses

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] warned former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Thursday that he must speed up his attempt to call world leaders, including former President Bill Clinton, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, to testify at his war crimes trial. Milosevic has indicated that he would like call them as witnesses, but he has not begun the formalities necessary to do so, such as providing reasons why they should be called. Milosevic's court-appointed counsel has been asked to draw up the necessary documents. Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson has indicated the ICTY will issue the subpoenas if Milosevic complies with the procedure. However, prosecutors and the Court have indicated the trial, which began in February 2002, should be brought to a close as soon as possible. Milosevic is conducting his own defense, but the trial has been repeatedly delayed due to his lack of cooperation and poor health. Milosevic faces war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity charges from his leadership of Yugoslavia during the 1990s and the Balkan wars. DPA has more.

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