UN judges set date for Ratko Mladic trial closing arguments

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) " Judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal have set a date for closing arguments in the long-running trial of former Bosnian Serb military commander Gen. Ratko Mladic, scheduling a week of hearings in December.

Mladic is accused of genocide and other crimes for allegedly orchestrating Bosnian Serb atrocities throughout Bosnia's 1992-95 war that left 100,000 dead. He faces a life sentence if convicted.

His trial started May 16, 2012, and Mladic's defense case closed in August. The 74-year-old ex-general insists he is innocent.

In a written decision Friday, Presiding Judge Alphons Orie said prosecutors will get three days to sum up their case from Dec. 5-7. Mladic will then also get three days to present closing arguments, followed by one day for both sides to respond to one another's statements.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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