Tribunal rejects Ratko Mladić's request for acquittalListen /
Charges of genocide against a former Bosnian Serb army chief will not be dropped by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Ratko Mladić, the former Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, stands accused of genocide and a multitude of other crimes committed during the Bosnian War from May 1992 to late 1995.
Lawyers for Mr Mladić had argued that there was not enough evidence linking him to the most serious of the crimes.
But the UN tribunal's Judge stated there was evidence that "acts of genocide took place" in 15 Bosnia and Herzegovina municipalities, as well as in Srebrenica.
He also said the evidence cited provided information on the "perpetrators' genocidal intent."
More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, mainly men and boys, were killed during the Srebrenica genocide in July 1995.
After having been at large for almost 16 years, Ratko Mladić was arrested and transferred to the Tribunal in May 2011.
The defence case is scheduled to start on 13 May 2014.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.