ICTY rejects Karadzic appeal over court-appointed lawyer 13 Feb 2010
The Appeals Chamber has rejected Karadzic's appeal of court-appointed lawyer.

On 12 February 2010 the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) decided to reject an appeal by Radovan Karadžić against the decision to appoint standby counsel in his case.

UK Barrister Richard Harvey was appointed as standby counsel in November 2009 after Karadžić, who is representing himself in the proceedings, failed to appear in court for the beginning of his trial. On 5 November the Trial Chamber found that the accused had obstructed proceedings, and citing Art. 20(1) of the Statute and Rule 54 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, instructed the Registrar to appoint standby counsel. The Trial Chamber also adjourned the trial until 1 March 2010 in order to give the standby counsel adequate time to prepare for trial.

Karadžić appealed the decision, arguing that the Registrar had not followed the steps for appointment of counsel, such as allowing the accused to choose from a list of possible counsel. The Appeal Chamber distinguished the current case from the Seselj decision, which Karadžić had relied up on his appeal.  In particular, the Appeals Chamber noted that, unlike the case in the Seselj, Karadžić  was given numerous warnings that his behaviour was disrupting the trial, and that his right to self-representation might have to be curtailed. The Appeals Chamber held that the Registry did not abuse its discretion in selecting Harvey as standby counsel.

The trial is scheduled to begin on 1 March 2010.

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