THE tribunal investigating those responsible for committing crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia resumes work today in The Hague under its new chief prosecutor, the South African judge, Richard Goldstone. The war crimes tribunal, which ill open its fourth session, seems to have been speeding along at some pace and expects to lay its first charges in November.
Suspects have been identified and could be among refugees who have fled to Western countries. But the authorities will not announce charges until the relevant suspects have been arrested, to prevent those under the spotlight being tempted to run for it.
The tribunal plans to have 24 cells for defendants built during the summer. Inmates will have the right to receive visits from families, lawyers and diplomats from their country of origin.
In Yemen, another country afflicted by civil war, the United Nations is to start today to evacuate hundreds of Somali refugees who were caught in the conflict. They fled their own homeland in 1992 to escape factional fighting and famine. A ship bringing medical supplies and surgical equipment to the port of Aden will evacuate 763 Somalis to Berbera in Somaliland.
South Africa's President Nelson Mandela visits Mozambiquefrom Wednesday until Friday as a guest of President Joaquim Chissano and will also hold talks with the opposition Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama. While in Maputo, Mr Mandela will join other heads of state attending a conference on science and technology in Africa. Mr Mandela's deputy, Thabo Mbeki, meanwhile, will be visiting Britain.
A $74m ( pounds 48m) bullion robbery trial opens in New York on Wednesday of the Irish priest Rev Patrick Moloney who runs a home for troubled teenagers in Manhattan and who belongs to an Eastern Rite Catholic Church, separate from the Vatican. He is charged with receiving and possessing stolen property from the 1993 hold-up at the main Brinks depot in Rochester, New York. …