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Milosevic Asks Tribunal To Subpoena top Western Officials


Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has asked The Hague tribunal to subpoena British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former U.S. President Bill Clinton as defense witnesses in his war crimes case.

Mr. Milosevic said he has sent letters to embassies of a number of western countries requesting the testimony. But he said their responses indicate the officials are not willing to appear. The judges instructed Mr. Milosevic to present his request in writing.

His witness list also includes former U.S, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping.

Mr. Milosevic's request came as he resumed conducting his own case after the court reversed an order forcing him to accept appointed counsel because of concerns about his failing health.

Mr. Milosevic faces more than 60 counts of war crimes in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990's.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AFP.