Monday, September 1, 2008

ICTY: Update on Karadzic Trial (3)

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic refused to enter a guilty plea last Friday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.  He faces genocide charges relating to the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995, and other charges relating to crimes committed during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia. 

Karadzic said on Friday that the court was "representing itself falsely as a court of the international community."  Judge Iain Bonomy told Karadzic that the hearing last Friday was not about the court's jurisdiction but about his pleas to the 11 charges against him.  Judge Bonomy entered "not guilty" pleas for Karadzic. Chicago Tribune, Aug. 30, 2008, sec. 1, at 9.

The hearing showed that Karadzic will probably conduct himself at trial much in the way that Slobodan Milosevic did when he was on trial from 2002 until his death in 2006.


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