Xinhuanet, December 14, 2005
Milosevic denied defense extension request
BRUSSELS, Dec. 13(Xinhuanet) -- War crimes judges in the Hague UN tribunal on Tuesday denied the request by the former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for an extension to conclude his defense.
It was the second setback for Milosevic after the court refusedon Monday his request of going to Moscow for treatment of his chronic heart condition.
Milosevic, who has refused to accept a lawyer, is defending himself against a total of 66 counts for crimes allegedly committed during the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo during Yugoslavia's breakup in the 1990s.
The judges also accused Milosevic of drawing out the trial by focusing on Kosovo, deliberately leaving little of his allotted time to deal with Croatia and Bosnia.
The trial has been repeatedly delayed by Milosevic's poor health and his failure to turn up in court.