The genocide and war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic, has been postponed until further notice.The beginning of the evidence hearing by the prosecution at the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, was scheduled for June 25.
“The Trial Chamber delayed until further notice the beginning of the evidence hearing by the Prosecution at the trial of Ratko Mladic. The decision was made after motions were filed by the Defence and the Prosecution related to disclosure of evidence material,” it was announced on Tuesday by the ICTY.The explanation for the delay will be announced at a later date.
Mladic’s defence requested on May 31, and then six days later, that the examination of the first witnesses be delayed due to problems in receiving evidence from the prosecution.
The prosecution subsequently said that it did not object to this request, because it realised that the defence has not received 4,498 documents.
The prosecutors promised they would submit the remaining evidence as soon as possible during the week.
The trial of Mladic, former chief of staff of the Army of Republika Srpska for genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of rules and customs of war began on May 16.