Prosecutors at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague are preparing a joint trial of nine of the highest-ranking officers accused of playing integral roles in the Srebrenica killings. Such a large trial would dwarf any other proceedings the court has held.
The nine men face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and five of them are accused of complicity to commit genocide.
A joint trial is possible because eight of the generals and senior officers from the Bosnian Serb Army have arrived in The Hague in recent months, their «voluntary surrender» largely a result of international pressure on Serbian authorities. One man re2_kommentars at large.
Judges at the tribunal that deals with the former Yugoslavia must still approve prosecuting the men as a group, and no trial date has been set. (iht)