Thursday, July 9, 2009
The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has rejected an application by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžic that he should be granted immunity from prosecution because of a 1996 agreement he says he struck with the U.S. government to avoid prosecution if he withdrew from public life. A three judge panel denied the application, stating that Karadžic had not been able to establish that there has been an abuse of process. Karadžic was the president of Republika Srpska and commander of Bosnian Serb forces during part of the 1990s. He was arrested a year ago and transferred to The Hague to stand trial on charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, murder, wilful killing, persecutions, deportations, inhumane acts and other crimes.