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Milosevic's Defense Case Postponed Again

16 July 2004 -- The defense case of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, expected to start on 19 July, has been delayed again due to his poor health.

A spokesman for the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague said Milosevic is suffering from high blood pressure and is not well enough to appear in court. His defense case is now scheduled to start on 31 August.

The beginning of the defense phase of the trial has already been postponed several times due to Milosevic's health. The court's three judges have said they may force Milosevic, who is acting as his own defense council, to accept a defense lawyer to prevent further delays.

Milosevic is facing over 60 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo, as well as genocide charges over the war in Bosnia.