THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The U.N. war crimes court at The Hague has assigned former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic two lawyers to assist his defense.
Milosevic, 63, has repeatedly insisted on defending himself against 66 charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Balkans during the 1990s.
However, in consideration of the delays in the trial, which began in February 2002 because of Milosevic's high-blood pressure-related illnesses, the three-judge panel assigned two British lawyers to his defense to forestall further delays, The Telegraph reported Thursday.
The judges named Steven Kay and Gillian Higgins, to assist Milosevic beginning Tuesday, when Milosevic's first witnesses are due to be called.
"It is plain from the medical reports that the accused is not fit enough to defend himself," said presiding Judge Patrick Robinson.
Milosevic said he would appeal the imposition of the lawyers.