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Start of Mladic trial delayed by 2 days
2-day delay announced for start of Ratko Mladic genocide trial at UN war crimes tribunal
By The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) ' The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has pushed back the start of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic's trial by two days to May 16.

Judge Alphons Orie announced the delay Tuesday during a final hearing before Mladic's trial at the U.N. court begins next month.

Prosecutors say they will need six hours to make an opening statement laying out their case.

Mladic says he will not be making any opening statement.

Prosecutors have charged him with orchestrating atrocities by Serb forces throughout Bosnian's 1992-95 war. He denies the charges.

The previous date for the start of Mladic's trial would have clashed with an appeal hearing for two Croatians convicted last year of crimes against humanity.

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