Sunday, July 1, 2012
ICTY Dismisses Karadzic's Motion for Acquittal on 10 Counts of the Indictment Against Him, but Grants Him One
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has dismissed Radovan Karadžic’s oral motion for acquittal on 10 counts of the indictment against him, but granted his motion in relation to count one of the indictment, in which he was charged with genocide for crimes committed between March and December 1992 in several municipalities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mr. Karadžic, a former Bosnian Serb leader, was charged by the prosecution with 11 counts of genocide and crimes against humanity including murder, extermination, persecution, deportation and hostage taking, related to actions against Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats and other non-Serb civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. He was indicted in July 1995 and was transferred into the Tribunal’s custody in July 2008, after more than 13 years spent evading arrest. The trial began in October 2009, and his defence team is scheduled to present its case on 16 October this year.
Since its establishment, the Tribunal has indicted 161 persons for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001. Proceedings against 126 have been concluded and proceedings are currently ongoing for 35 accused.
(mew) (adapted from a UN Press Release)