As the second day of the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic continues. It has been announced the presiding judge has adjourned the trial for 6 months, because prosecutors failed to fully disclose all their evidence to Mladic's defence team.

Before this adjournment a spokeswoman outlined what would happen at today's hearing.


"Today is the second day of the opening statements of the prosecution and we expect the second prosecutor in this case, Peter McCluskey, to present the evidence and outline the story of the genocide that was committed in Srebrenica in July 1995. This is the last segment of the prosecution's indictment against Ratko Mladic and is expected to last somewhat shorter than yesterday's session."

The prosecuting lawyer Peter McClusky speaking in court said that the crime carried out was genocide and the evidence would confirm this.


"This was and will remain genocide. As you absorb the evidence of this crime, I have no doubt you will reach the same conclusion. Today, May 17th, 2012, after some 17 years of investigation, the evidence of this crime is overwhelming and unassailable. In brief, of the over 7,000 men and boys murdered, 5,977 have been exhumed from Srebrenica related mass graves. Most of those victims have been identified by DNA."

Mladic, now 70, is the last of the main protagonists in the Balkan wars of the 1990s to go on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. The list of charges stemming from his actions as the Serb military commander in the Bosnian war of 1992-95 ranges from genocide to murder, acts of terror and other crimes against humanity.

Written and Presented by Ann Salter