THE FIRST WITNESS is set to testify at the resumption of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s UN war crimes trial, about Serb forces violently purging his village in 1992.
Prosecutors say the first witness to take the stand today in the long-awaited trial will be Elvedin Pasic, who was just 14 when Serbs overran his village and imprisoned men, women and children at a makeshift detention camp in a nearby school.
Mladic’s trial started on May 16, but was almost immediately halted because prosecutors admitted that an apparent clerical error meant they failed to disclose to defense attorneys thousands of pages of evidence.
Mladic faces 11 charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. He denies wrongdoing.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.