Slobodan Milosevic’s war crimes trial resumed today after a three-week break as the former Yugoslav president called a French nurse who testified about the suffering of Serbs during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
Eve Crepin worked in field hospitals for the UN and various humanitarian aid organisations in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.
She later co-authored a book, The Assassination of a People, about violence against Serbs.
Milosevic, 63, is defending himself in the UN court against 66 war crimes, including genocide, allegedly committed during a decade of wars in the former Yugoslavia.
He has refused to be represented by a lawyer and is calling his own witnesses before a panel of three judges in The Hague.
Milosevic questioned Crepin for two hours about crimes committed by Croats and Bosnian Muslims against Serbs. But presiding Judge Patrick Robinson said her testimony was largely irrelevant because it was not related to Milosevic’s case and was hearsay.
Milosevic rejected Robinson’s claim. “It’s not second hand, but what she saw. She is speaking about the situation, the mood, the fears, because she saw them personally,” he said.
Milosevic has called 15 witnesses since his defence began in September. Like the prosecution, he has 150 days to present his case.