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UN prosecutors reopen case against Mladic to hear witnesses testify about mass grave

Prosecutors have reopened their case against former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal to present new evidence gleaned from a mass grave discovered in Bosnia in 2013.

More than 400 bodies have been recovered from the grave in Tomasica and prosecutors say evidence gathered there demonstrates the involvement of Bosnian Serb forces under Mladic's command in the murder and burial of non-Serbs in the Prijedor region early in the country's 1992-95 war.

Mladic, whose genocide trial started in 2012, was in court for Monday's hearing. He insists he is innocent and claims his wartime actions were to protect Serbs in Bosnia.

The first witness called by prosecutors to testify spoke mostly in closed session. The witness's identity was withheld from the public.