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Martic Trial Adjourned

TU No 452, 12-May-06
His medical report was discussed in closed session, after which presiding Judge Bakone Moloto ordered the prosecution to prepare the next witness for May 22.

Martic is accused of the persecution, killing and deportation of civilians; the detention and mistreatment of soldiers and civilians; and plunder and destruction of villages in the Croatian and Bosnian Krajina region from August 1991 until August 1995. He is also indicted for attacks on Zagreb in early May 1995, when seven people were killed and 200 wounded.

The last witness to be heard was an analyst who told the court that there had been close links between various military and police services of the Serb Republica Krajina in Croatia, the interior ministry of Serbia and the police services of the Republica Srpska in Bosnia.

The prosecution has so far brought 26 witnesses and planned to finish presenting its case at the beginning of June - a date that may now be put back.

Martic’s trial was also delayed in March, after doctors said he was suffering from “a temporary psychological crisis” following the deaths in custody of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and Martic’s former-ally-turned prosecution witness, Milan Babic, who killed himself as his testimony against Martic was due to come to a close.

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