Tuesday, October 2, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (October 2,2007) – After refusing to attend hearings before the Bosnian State Court for more than 20 days, Serbian war criminal Mladen Blagojevic , one of four indictees charged with genocide committed by the Serbian aggressor against Bosnian civilians from Srebrenica in July 1995,has become ill in the courtroom. The trial has been stopped so that he could receive medical assistance.

The Trial Chamber has asked the medical team to advise if the indictee is able to follow the trial.

"I think that Blagojevic is not able to continue following the continuation of the trial due to exhaustion, sickness, dizziness and pain sensations in the kidney area," said Marija Kaucic-Komsic, court expert in neurology-psychiatry.

The indictment alleges that Serbian war criminals Mladen Blagojevic, Zdravko Bozic, Zeljko Zaric and Zoran Zivanovic, as members of the genocidal paramilitary formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia, "planned, ordered, instigated, executed and abetted murders" of the Bosnian civilians from the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica,during the Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

Also,Serbian war criminal Zdravko Bozic's defence attorney claims that his client is "in extremely bad health, which has become even worse after his transfer to the detention unit in Tuzla". The defence attorneys of the two other indictees have not explained why their clients have not appeared at the hearing.

The Trial Chamber of the Bosnian State Court has postponed the continuation of the trial until 10 October, when one more protected prosecution witness is due to be examined.

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