Prosecutor won't appeal Mladic trial decision

Associated Press Modified: October 19, 2011 at 9:31 am •  Published: October 19, 2011

The Mladic trial will almost certainly extend beyond the Dec. 31, 2014, closing date the Security Council has set for the tribunal to wrap up all its cases.

Mladic's 11-count indictment includes two genocide charges and covers atrocities ranging from the ethnic cleansing of non-Serbs in the early days of the war through the deadly siege of Sarajevo and culminating in the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica.

Brammertz said prosecutors will attempt to use as much written evidence as possible at trial to reduce time-consuming direct witness testimony and would attempt to rely on so-called "adjudicated facts" — allegations already proven and accepted as facts in other trials at the tribunal. He said he could trim the indictment by removing some of the municipalities allegedly ethnically cleansed by Bosnian Serbs, meaning prosecutors have to present less evidence at trial.

But Brammertz ruled out dropping entire sections of the indictment, saying he wants to prosecute them all.

"We are currently not exploring the possibility to cut out a full component," he said. "For sure not in relation to the ethnic cleansing of the municipalities, the siege of Sarajevo or the genocide in Srebrenica."