War Crimes Prosecutors Must Prove Serb Adolf Is Guilty of Genocide

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He called himself the Serb Adol and his crimes were as chilling as his nickname.

In a trial at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague yesterday, UN prosecutors are seeking to convince a three-judge panel that Goran Jelisic is guilty of genocide, the court's most serious offence.

The former Bosnian Serb mechanic, aged 30, confessed in October to murdering 12 Muslims and Croats in 1992, astonishing many observers by reversing his earlier declarations of innocence.

Although his guilty pleas mean an automatic conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity - and the likelihood of a maximum life sentence - Jelisic has denied that the killing spree constituted genocide.

His trial opened with a court official reading brief excerpts from a report on Jelisic in which psychologists ruled that he was mentally fit to stand trial. They added, however, that he suffered "a borderline personality disorder with antisocial and narc issistic tendencies."

Jelisic, wearing a striped sweater and black jeans, brought a laptop computer into court with him. He listened calmly as the psychological report was read. …