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Hague war crimes court will miss case wrapup deadline

[JURIST] Theodor Meron [profile], president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] said Tuesday that the tribunal will miss a 2008 trial completion date set by the UN Security Council, extending at least into 2009. Meron said the tribunal can't cut corners at the expense of "due process and human rights norms in order to move faster." In a report to the Security Council, the tribunal criticized Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian leaders for failing to turn over key fugitives, including Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic[BBC profile] and his top general, Ratko Mladic [BBC profile]. The tribunal also blamed the delay on additional indictees [list of indictments] being brought before the court. Read the full text of the ICTY report [PDF]. Reuters has more.

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