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UN prosecutors seek life sentence for Bosnia civil war commander

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday sought a life sentence for former Bosnian Serb army commander Zdravko Tolimir [ICTY case materials], who served under Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] during the Bosnian civil war. Tolimir is being tried on charges of genocide and war crimes for his involvement in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 [JURIST news archive]. Prosecutors delivered their closing arguments [SAPA report] Tuesday. Tolimir has pleaded not guilty and will be conducting his own defense.

Tolimir's trial, which began in February 2010 [JURIST report], has been delayed several times due to his health. Last December, an intelligence officer was convicted by the court for refusing to testify against Tolimir [JURIST report]. Mladic's own trial, which resumed last month, has also been repeatedly delayed [JURIST reports] by his health issues.

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