Milosevic as Defense Lawyer

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Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic at the Hague War Crimes tribunal

He may not have hired a lawyer, but Slobodan Milosevic is acting as his own defense attorney in court. In an aggressive cross-examination that sought to discredit the prosecution's first witness, he questioned Kosovo Albanian political leader for almost four hours, twice as long as prosecutors. Bakali testified Monday about the "apartheid state" Serb leaders imposed on Kosovo's ethnic Albanians after Slobodan Milosevic's rise to power. He also testified that during his meetings with the former president, he informed Milosevic that Serb forces were committing crimes against ethnic Albanians, particularly the 1998 massacre of the Jashari family. Mahmut Bakali testified that Milsoevic knew about the crimes.

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