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UN prosecutors begin closing statements at Mladic trial

  • FILE - In this Friday, June 3, 2011, file photo former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic sits in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. UN prosecutors deliver their closing statement in the marathon genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, who is accused of commanding forces responsible for the worst atrocities of the Bosnian war. (AP Photo/ Martin Meissner, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, June 3, 2011, file photo former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic sits in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. UN prosecutors deliver their closing statement in the marathon genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, who is accused of commanding forces responsible for the worst atrocities of the Bosnian war. (AP Photo/ Martin Meissner, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, July 4, 2011, file photo former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic waves as he sits in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. UN prosecutors deliver their closing statement in the marathon genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, who is accused of commanding forces responsible for the worst atrocities of the Bosnian war. (AP Photo/ Valerie Kuypers, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, July 4, 2011, file photo former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic waves as he sits in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. UN prosecutors deliver their closing statement in the marathon genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, who is accused of commanding forces responsible for the worst atrocities of the Bosnian war. (AP Photo/ Valerie Kuypers, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

United Nations prosecutors are delivering their closing statement in the long-running trial of the former Bosnian Serb military chief, Gen. Ratko Mladic, who is charged with orchestrating atrocities by Serb forces throughout Bosnia's 1992-95 war that left 100,000 dead.

Monday's hearing at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia is the beginning of the end of a trial that started more than four years ago. After more than a week of closing statements from prosecutors and defense lawyers, the three-judge panel will retire to consider verdicts that are expected in 2017.

Mladic's trial is the last case still underway at the tribunal, which indicted 161 suspects. Among them were 74-year-old Mladic's political master, Radovan Karadzic, who was sentenced to 40 years in March for genocide and other crimes.