First Mladic trial witness to testify July 9

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Posted: Jun 22, 2012 12:41 PM
First Mladic trial witness to testify July 9

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal says the first prosecution witness will testify July 9 in the genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb military commander Gen. Ratko Mladic.

Witness testimony has twice been delayed in the long-awaited trial due to problems with disclosure of evidence.

The U.N. court announced Friday that the trial will run from July 9 to 20, then pause for three weeks during the tribunal's summer recess.

Mladic faces 11 charges, including two of genocide, for allegedly masterminding atrocities by Serb forces throughout the 1992-95 Bosnian war. He denies wrongdoing.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Mladic was arrested last year in Serbia after 15 years as one of the world's most-wanted fugitives.