War and Conflict


What happened to Slobodan Milosevic?

Like other Serb leaders involved in the recent Baltic wars, former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic (1941-) faced charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity at the International Court Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. He was arrested in Belgrade on April 1, 2001, and transferred to The Hague in June. There he faced 66 counts of war crimes from the Balkan conflicts. Before the ICTY, he pled innocent of three indictments against him, one for each major war crimes scene: Kosovo, Croatia, and Bosnia. His trial began on February 12, 2002, and was marked by numerous idiosyncrasies, including Milosevic’s attempts to represent himself (without the benefit of counsel), his frequent refusals to cooperate with the court, and numerous days lost to his various illnesses. The prosecution wrapped up its case against him on February 25, 2004, after hearing testimony from almost 300 witnesses. The defense portion of the trial began on August 31, 2004, and was slated to last 150 court days (not the same as calendar days). As of June 2005 the trial was still underway in The Hague.


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