Thursday, April 08, 2010

Bosnian Genocide / International Tribunals

Karadzic Loses New Bid to Halt War Crimes Trial
Reuters dispatch on Yahoo! News, April 8, 2010
"Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic failed in his latest attempt to delay his war crimes trial Thursday when the U.N.'s Yugoslavia tribunal ruled there had been no violation of his right to a fair hearing. Karadzic's trial for war crimes stemming from the 1992-95 Bosnian war is scheduled to resume next Tuesday, but he filed a motion last week seeking a stay of proceedings on grounds he is being denied the right to challenge prosecution evidence. 'The chamber is not satisfied that there has been any violation of the accused's right to a fair trial which would justify a stay of the proceedings,' the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said in a statement. Karadzic had argued that the court's previous decisions preventing him from challenging via cross-examination witness testimony given in previous cases at the Hague-based tribunal violated his rights, but the court said he will still have 'ample opportunity' to rebut prosecution evidence. During his opening statement last month, Karadzic denied involvement in the four-year siege of Sarajevo by Serb forces, where 10,000 died, and the killing of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995. Karadzic boycotted the start of his trial last year and has repeatedly tried to delay the case to better prepare his defense. He faces 11 charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and violating the laws and customs of war. He denies them all. [...]"
[Photo: AFP/Michael Kooren]

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