Serbian lawyer to represent Mladic in first court appearance
A Serbian lawyer has been nominated to represent former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic at his first court appearance, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said in The Hague on Thursday, DPA reported.
Mladic is to appear before the court on Friday to answer charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war.
He is expected to be asked to enter a plea, but he will also have the right to ask for a one-month delay.
The tribunal said his initial counsel would be Aleksandar Aleksic, a Serbian lawyer who is currently defending the former Bosnian Serb police commander Stojan Zupljanin, whose alleged crimes are related to those attributed to Mladic.
Aleksic is also working in the defence team of Serbian former general Nebojsa Pavkovic, who is appealing against a 22-year sentence for crimes committed during the Kosovo war.