The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic apologised on Friday for his inappropriate comments to a witness.
|Ratko Mladic during Friday's court session|
During Friday’s closed session in front of the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, Mladic's defence lawyer, Branko Lukic, apologised on his client's behalf to the former Sky News journalist Aernout Van Lynden and “to everybody else.”
The Trial Chamber then decided to disclose the content of the closed session to the public “as the apology was important and in the interest of justice.”
Mladic had called the witness “a liar” and “a CIA spy” on Wednesday, after Van Lynden's TV reports from the war in Bosnia were played in the courtroom.
Lukic said that the trial was stressful for Mladic due to his ill health and that he uses the same combative tone with everyone, including his defence team.
The Trial Chamber warned Mladic once again that he would removed from the courtroom if his inappropriate behavior continued.
The Hague Tribunal had already decided, on August 16, to film Ratko Mladic while he was in the courtroom, due to his repeatedly disrespectful use of language.
The cross examination of the witnessColm Doyle, the former head of the European Community Monitoring Mission in Bosnia, was also resumed during Friday's session.
Doyle once again confirmed that the international community had been concerned about the heavy weaponary possessed by the Bosnian Serbs.
However, Doyle could not confirm whether the combatants were paramilitaries or not, since he was not aware of the structure of the Bosnian Serb forces.
The protected witness RM115, one of the survivors of the war in Bosnia, was also scheduled to testify on Friday, but due to the witness' health problems, the testimony has been postponed until Monday.
Mladic, who was arrested in May of last year, has pleaded not guilty to charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war during the Bosnian conflict between 1992 and 1995.
He is charged with genocide in Srebrenica in 1995 and in several other Bosnian municipalities in 1992, the expulsion of Bosniaks and Croats from municipalities under the control of the Bosnian Serbs, terrorizing Sarajevo citizens with a campaign of shelling and sniping and taking international soldiers as hostages in 1995.
The trial will resume on August 27.
In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide.
Key dates and events in the Bosnia war.
The Bosnian Serb commander’s role in the genocide committed in Srebrenica is described in detail in many indictments and verdicts pronounced before local and international judicial institutions.