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Words in the News
Monday 29 October 2001
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Slobodan Milosevic
Milosevic appears again before War Crimes Tribunal
Summary: Slobodan Milosevic has again refused to recognise the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. Speaking at his third appearance before the court since his transfer, he rejected attempts by the court to provide a fair trial. This report from Janet Barrie.
The News Listen  
  Mr Milosevic said he had no intention of addressing the charges against him. He said he didn't recognise the Tribunal. He said what he'd been accused of was just defending his nation. He said he'd protected the Yugoslav people from terrorism. He hadn't read the indictments against him, he added, and didn't intend to.

Mr Milosevic won't appoint a defence counsel - the Tribunal's appointed for him three so-called friends of the court to put his case in the interests of a fair trial. Mr Milosevic said he wanted nothing to do with them. He says the Tribunal's politically motivated, and illegal. Today, for the first time, he's hearing a new indictment related to war crimes allegedly committed in Croatia, and new details dealing with the campaign in Kosovo.

Janet Barrie, BBC News, at the War Crimes Tribunal, in the Hague.

The Words Listen
  no intention of
if you have no intention of doing something, you don't intend to do it or you have decided you won't do it

here, giving attention to or dealing with a matter or problem

  the charges
the formal statements saying that someone is accused of a crime

here, to accept that something is legal or true

  the indictments
the formal statements of accusation; similar to the charges but more formal

  in the interests of
in order to achieve something

  a fair trial
the process of judging, in a balanced and correct way, whether a person is guilty of a crime

  politically motivated
politics is the reason behind it

said to have happened

political and military activities planned with a certain aim

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