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Closing arguments in the trial of Ratko Mladić to commence on 5 December 2016

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Closing arguments in the trial of Ratko Mladić, former Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) Main Staff, are due to commence on Monday, 5 December at 9:30 until 14:15 in Courtroom I.

Subject to the outcome of a pending interlocutory appeal on the current scheduling, the closing arguments will begin with the Prosecution from Monday, 5 December until Wednesday, 7 December. This will be followed by the Defence arguments starting on Friday, 9 December and continuing the next week on Monday, 12 and Tuesday, 13 December. The parties will each have 1.5 hours on Thursday, 15 December for replies.

Journalists wishing to attend the closing arguments should contact the Media Office at press [at] icty.org.

Other members of the public wishing to attend the closing arguments should send an email to kralt.icty [at] un.org.

Ratko Mladić stands accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) from May 1992 to late 1995.

He was initially indicted on 25 July 1995. After having been at large for almost sixteen years, he was arrested in Serbia on 26 May 2011 and transferred to the Tribunal on 31 May 2011. The trial commenced on 16 May 2012. During the trial, 377 witnesses testified in court - the Prosecution called 169, while 208 witnesses testified for the Defence.

Since its establishment, the Tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of humanitarian law committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001.  Proceedings against 154 persons have been concluded.