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投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2004 年 3 月 08 日 00:29:04:CjMHiEP28ibKM




 以下で紹介するAP通信の英文記事で、amici curiae, or friends of the courtと
as a lawyer)ので、弁護士を頼まず、大量虐殺の告発に対して、自分で自分を弁護し


 日経:USA Today花形記者がセルビア人の大量虐殺捏造で辞職のNYT原文
投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2004 年 1 月 19 日 20:42:42


Europe - AP
Motion Filed to Dismiss Milosevic Charges

Fri Mar 5, 3:04 PM ET

By ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The U.N. war crimes tribunal received a motion
Friday to dismiss genocide charges against former Yugoslav President
Slobodan Milosevic (news - web sites) for lack of evidence.

AP Photo

Slideshow: Slobodan Milosevic

The motion came in a 95-page brief by three amici curiae, or friends of the
court, who were appointed to help protect the interests of the former
Yugoslav president and ensure a fair trial.

The motion also sought immediate acquittal on other charges related to the
wars in Kosovo, Croatia and Bosnia that convulsed the Balkans during the

The three independent attorneys argued there was no evidence that Milosevic
specifically intended to exterminate Muslims and Croats during the 1992-95
Bosnian War, as alleged in his indictment.

"There is no evidence the accused planned, instigated, ordered, committed or
otherwise aided and abetted in the planning, preparation or execution of a
genocide or genocidal acts," the amici wrote.

They said the prosecution also failed to prove that any of Milosevic's
subordinates committed genocide, which requires proof they had the prior
intent to destroy a racial, ethnic or religious group.

The genocide charges "should be excised from the Bosnia indictment at this
stage of the proceedings," the motion said.

It was not clear when the tribunal would rule on the motion.

Milosevic is defending himself against 66 counts of war crimes. The amici
were appointed because he has no prior courtroom experience even though he
was trained as a lawyer.

Milosevic is charged with one count of genocide and one of complicity in
genocide for the massacre by Serb forces of more than 7,000 Muslims in the
U.N.-protected enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.

In a point-by-point review of the indictment, the lawyers challenged the
prosecution's evidence as insufficient or nonexistent. They asked the
tribunal to acquit Milosevic outright on several counts and to strike dozens
of paragraphs from the indictment as unsupported.

Regarding both the Croatian war at the outset of the Balkan troubles and the
Kosovo conflict in 1999, the motion sought a ruling on the precise date that
the fighting stopped being an internal revolt and became an international
conflict. That could affect several of the counts.

The motion had been widely expected. Independent analysts agreed the
prosecution case on the genocide charge was weak, and the prosecutors
themselves reportedly were bitterly divided over whether to include the
charges in the indictment.

Although the friends of the court ― Steven Kay, Branislav Tapuskovic and
Timothy McCormack ― are supposed to address legal issues both in
Milosevic's favor and against him, in practice they have tended to act
mainly for the defense.

Prosecutors concluded their case against Milosevic last month, two years
after his trial began in February 2002. Milosevic is due to begin presenting
his defense on June 8.

The motion came amid a reorganization of the tribunal following the
unexpected resignation last month of presiding judge Richard May due to an
undisclosed illness.

The proceedings already have been delayed by more than 65 trial days because
of Milosevic's illnesses. A heart patient, he has suffered recurring bouts
of exhaustion and symptoms of flu.

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