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Serge Brammertz said his staff is looking at how to streamline the trial after judges last week refused his request to split Mladic’s indictment in two.

Mr. Brammertz had asked to try Mladic first for his alleged involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and later for other Serb atrocities committed throughout the 1992-95 Bosnian War.

Mr. Brammertz had argued that splitting the trial was necessary in part because of fears the frail 69-year-old general’s health could further deteriorate during a lengthy trial.

The trial is expected to start next year, but Mr. Brammertz could not say exactly when.

The court faced criticism in 2006 for the pace at which it delivers justice when former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic died in his cell of a heart attack, ending his four-year trial without a verdict.