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23 September 2017 02:22 (South Africa)

Karadzic to boycott war crimes trial claiming he needs time to prepare

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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic says he cannot attend the beginning of his trial because he needs more time to prepare his defence - this for a case that dates back years. He faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. This is just the latest in a drawn-out contest of wills between Karadzic and the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He has filed numerous motions and appeals and even tried to get a judge replaced.  He also claims he needs more time to examine about a million pages of evidence. Does this sound familiar? Where do they get this training?  The judges, however, maintain he has had ample time to get his ducks in a row since his arrest more than a year ago. Although he gets some funds for legal assistants and researchers, he is not entitled to lawyers’ fees because he elected to conduct his own defence. A large team of unpaid volunteers is assisting him. It’s unclear what will happen next. Read more: The New York Times

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