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Tribunal Says Mladic Must Testify At Karadzic Trial

Ratko Mladic, pictured in Croatia in 1991
The United Nations tribunal has ruled that former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic must testify in the war crimes trial of Radovan Karadzic, the wartime Bosnian Serb political leader.

The subpoena was approved after Mladic previously refused to testify voluntarily on Karadzic’s behalf.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said Karadzic expects Mladic to testify that "they never agreed or planned to expel Muslims or Croats from areas under Serb control.”

Mladic and Karadzic are both charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity over their roles as leaders of Bosnian Serbs in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

Mladic is expected to be called as a witness in January as Karadzic’s trial continues at the Hague-based tribunal.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP