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Milosevic can't call Blair, Schroeder to testify, ICTY rules

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on Friday decided [decision text; press release] that they will not issue subpoenas for UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] and former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder [BBC profile] ordering them to testify as witnesses in the Slobodan Milosevic trial [JURIST news archive] as the former Yugoslav president had requested. Milosevic wanted the two leaders to testify that he was a peacemaker in the Kosovo conflict to help defend against charges [ICTY case backgrounder] of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in the Balkans in the 1990s. Milosevic has also asked for other high profile witness [JURIST report], including Bill Clinton and retired US general Wesley Clark, who were leaders during NATO's 1999 bombing campaign to stop Serbian repression in Kosovo. Lawyers appointed to help Milosevic conduct his defense told the ICTY that both Blair and Schroeder possess necessary information regarding the Kosovo charges. The court determined, however, that calling Blair and Schroeder as witnesses was not warranted in the case. Reuters has more.

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