Karadzic 'to end tribunal boycott'
Monday 02 November 2009
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will boycott his genocide trial again today but will attend a hearing tomorrow on how to get the case back on track, one of his legal advisers said.
Marko Sladojevic said nothing has changed since last week when Karadzic stayed in his cell to protest what he claims is a lack of time to prepare for the trial at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal.
Prosecutors continued without him and started outlining their case to the three-judge panel last Tuesday, accusing Karadzic of being "supreme commander" of a Bosnian Serb campaign to eliminate Muslims and Croats from Serb-claimed territory in Bosnia.
Prosecutor Alan Tieger is scheduled to finish his opening statement this afternoon and is expected to allege that Karadzic masterminded the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, Europe's bloodiest atrocity since World War II.
Karadzic is charged with two counts of genocide and nine other crimes against humanity and war crimes. He has refused to enter pleas, but insists he is innocent. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Karadzic's boycott last week frustrated dozens of survivors of the 1992-95 Bosnian war who travelled hundreds of miles by bus last week to see him face justice after 13 years on the run.
Sladojevic said Karadzic would appear in court tomorrow "to help try to find a solution" for the stalemate caused by his boycott.
Judges will discuss imposing a lawyer on Karadzic, who is defending himself.
In a letter to the trial's presiding judge released today by the UN tribunal, Karadzic says he wants to help find "a solution which will lead to not only an expeditious trial, but a fair one."
Karadzic was scheduled to give an opening statement tomorrow, but said in his letter he would do so only "as soon as I am in a position to do so."
He was first indicted in 1995 and was arrested 14 months ago on a Belgrade bus disguised as a New Age healer. Since then, he has been working on his defense in his cell at the tribunal's detention center. However, Karadzic insists he needs up to eight more months to be ready for his trial.
- 1 Engineer pictured fixing plane's engine with 'duct tape' by concerned EasyJet passenger
- 2 Two-year-old says goodbye to bin man best friend
- 3 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 4 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 5 Remove smartphones from the hands of under-18s and maybe they will grow up to be less dumb
Engineer pictured fixing plane's engine with 'duct tape' by concerned EasyJet passenger
Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
Ancient 2,400-year-old gold bongs discovered in Russia
Porn stars in California may be forced to wear goggles under new legislation
Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity for an i...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity for the ...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Full time Administrator/Secreta...
£16500 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading Mercedes-Ben...