A barrister who prosecuted atrocities committed during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia is to sit as a judge at Canterbury Crown Court.
Sir Geoffrey Nice, QC is today overseeing a trial in the Chaucer Road building as a recorder, a part-time judge.
The 72-year-old was involved with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia between 1998 and 2006.
He was a deputy prosecutor at the trial of Slobodan Milošević in The Hague and worked on the prosecution’s case of connecting atrocities committed in the former Yugoslavia to its then president.
On the opening day of the trial Sir Geoffery spoke for four hours – much of it in “stark, unemotional language”.
He described the murder of a mother and her new-born baby at the hands of Serb soldiers allegedly acting on Mr Milošević’s orders.
The terrified woman, he said, ran into a nearby wood to hide from soldiers and gave birth as she cowered in fear.
She was discovered and later murdered along with other members of the her family, Mr Nice told the hearing.
Sir Geoffrey also dealt with the tribunal’s prosecution of Bosnian Croat politician Dario Kordic, subsequently jailed for 25 years, and successfully prosecuted the self-styled “Serbian Adolf ” Goran Jelisić.
Today he will sit in Canterbury Crown Court’s court number 5 for a part-heard trial.