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Milosevic war crimes trial resumes, Kosovo witnesses testify

[JURIST] The trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] resumed Wednesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] after a summer recess, with Milosevic calling ethnic Albanian witnesses from Kosovo to testify. The prosecution contends that Yugoslav and Serbian forces were ordered by Milosevic to expel tens of thousands of Kosovo Albanians during the 1998-99 conflict there. Milosevic, representing himself at trial, has always said that the refugees leaving Kosovo in 1999 were not chased out by his troops, rather they were fleeing NATO bombings of the province [Washington Post report]. The Milosevic trial began in February 2002 on more than 60 charges [ICTY case backgrounder] of war crimes and crimes against humanity. If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. AFP has more.

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