Babic, witness C-061, revealed his identity
Milosevic mystery witness named
Friday, December 6, 2002 Posted: 1203 GMT
Babic revealed his identity in order to counter allegations made against him by Milosevic.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Reuters) -- Judges at Slobodan Milosevic's war crimes trial took the unprecedentedstep of revealing the identity of a key witness testifying against the former Yugoslav president.
The witness, ex-rebel Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic, was a central figure in the break-away Krajina Serbrepublic (RSK) in the 1990s. He had testified until Friday behind a screen and was referred to only as witnessC-061.
"This morning presiding judge (Richard) May has said that hence forth the witness will be addressed by his fullname Mr Babic and that the protective measures have been lifted," tribunal spokesman Christian Chartier saidon Friday.
Babic was already known to be witness C-061 in the Balkans, his lawyer Peter Michail Muller told the UnitedNations court. He said Babic wanted the chance to counter allegations made against him by Milosevic and to help reconciliation
in the former Yugoslavia. Babic has been named by U.N. prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia(ICTY) as a suspected member of a "joint criminal enterprise" led by Milosevic.Babic, dressed in a dark jacket and grey jumper, crossed swords with Milosevic during cross-examination inopen court for the first time on Friday. His image had previously been scrambled on court room closed-circuittelevision monitors.
Milosevic has been on trial since February in The Hague charged with ethnic cleansing in the Balkans in the1990s. The charges against him include crimes against humanity in Croatia after Zagreb declared independencefrom Yugoslavia in 1991.