Mladic, Karadzic may face joint trial

The criminal cases of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and army chief Ratko Mladic may be united into one case, but such a decision is yet to be considered, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said on Wednesday.

“I admit that this [the unification of the cases] is possible,” Serge Brammertz said during a news conference in The Hague, which was broadcast by Serbia’s B92 TV channel.

Mladic and Karadzic are accused of committing war crimes and genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian War, including the murder of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in July 1995.

Mladic was arrested last week in the Serbian village of Lazarevo 70 kilometers (40 miles) from Belgrade after 16 years on the run and extradited to The Hague on Tuesday.

Karadzic was captured in 2008, and his trial started in October 2009. Karadzic has said that the Serbian cause in the Bosnian war was “just and holy” and that the Bosnian Muslims took a course that “inevitably led to war.”

BELGRADE, June 1 (RIA Novosti)

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