UN tribunal combines 2 indictments against Bosnian general Ratko Mladic

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today announced that it has consolidated its two indictments against Gen. Ratko Mladic, one of the most sought-after suspects for war crimes committed during the Bosnia and Herzegovina conflict in the 1990s.The new indictment, which was confirmed last week and reduces the total number of charges to leave only the most serious, now includes one count of genocide, seven counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes.The motion came after the Tribunal’s prosecutor requested leave last month to amend the two outstanding indictments against General Mladic and Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic, which were originally filed on 24 July 1995 and on 14 November 1995, respectively.In the prosecutor’s view, these amendments were more in keeping with the current charging practices of the Office of the Prosecutor and reflected the evolving jurisprudence of the Tribunal, the UN court said. The prosecutor also submitted that the amended indictment would provide an appropriate basis for a motion of joinder with the amended indictment against Mr. Karadzic.

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