Thursday, March 4, 2010

Karadzic's Trial Postponed

By: Erica McCauley

On Tuesday, former leader of Bosnian Serbs, Radovan Karadzic, pleaded before the Hague for a postponement of his trial to further prepare his defense. It is postponed until further notice according to ICTY judge, O-Gon Kwon. When first accused last October, Karadzic worked hard for a postponement of his trial. Karadzic insists on defending himself, yet seems to be struggling with formulating a worthy defense to 11 counts of genocide, war crimes, and general crimes against the people in Bosnia. There was a lawyer appointed to Karadzic in case he decided not to attend his trial. Instead Karadzic decided to define his defense over a two day span, and asked for a further extension of his trial until June 17th. At first the tribunal refused this request, and told Karadzic to be prepared for the first witness to be called to the stand on Wednesday. Diplomatically, judge Kwon allowed Karadzic to appeal this decision, while emphasizing the fairness that this tribunal needs to maintain.

One last gem:
"Arrested on a Belgrade bus in July 2008 after 13 years on the run, Karadzic is charged for his role in the 1992-95 Bosnian war that killed 100,000 people and displaced 2.2 million."

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