THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- U.N. prosecutors opened their genocide case against Slobodan Milosevic Thursday, vowing to prove that he played a leading role in the worst crimes in Europe since World War II.
Prosecutors began the second stage of his trial with an 80-minute opening statement on the 61 counts of war crimes, including genocide, that Milosevic faces for the Croatian and Bosnian wars in 1991-1995.
The first stage of the trial that concluded earlier this month covered the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict.
Responding to the most serious allegations so far, Milosevic denied Serb war crimes and said he should be credited for peace efforts, not war mongering.
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