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Radovan Karadzic is a name from the past, but suddenly it is a name for the present, too. His trial for war crimes is due to open today at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Proceedings may yet be postponed; the defendant sent a letter to the court last week saying that his defence was not ready. Or the trial may open, and Mr Karadzic will act on his threat not to turn up. The former Bosnian Serb leader, who was arrested last year after a decade in hiding, clearly sees no reason to simplify the prosecutors' lives.

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Karadzic refuses to enter plea at UN war crimes tribunal

The Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic made a defiant stand before a UN court yesterday when he refused to enter pleas to genocide charges brought against him following atrocities in the Bosnian war of the 1990s.

Karadzic plea entered as 'not guilty' by tribunal

The UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for war crimes and genocide charges on Friday after he refused to enter one.

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The big question now that Radovan Karadzic has appeared in the dock at the Hague is whether justice will be seen to be done better than in the convoluted, inconclusive trial of the former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic.

Karadzic 'is planning to defend himself'

Radovan Karadzic's lawyer says the former Bosnian Serb leader wants to defend himself against UN war crimes charges.

As Europe celebrates arrest of Karadzic, hunt is on for Mladic

Radovan Karadzic, the captured Bosnian Serb leader accused of the deaths of 20,000 people, was revealed to have spectacularly reinvented himself as a Belgrade healer as the pressure mounted on Serbia to hand over his suspected partner in masterminding the worst atrocity in Europe since the Second World War, Ratko Mladic.

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The capture of Radovan Karadzic raises the question of whether his arch ally General Ratko Mladic could soon be in detention too.

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