Karadzic trial resumes 01 Mar 2010
After a five-month delay, the trial of Radovan Karadzic has resumed in The Hague.

On 1 March 2010, the trial of Radovan Karadžić resumed before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Karadžić, who faces 11 charges, including counts of genocide, made his opening statement before the courtroom.

The trial was postponed in November 2009 after Karadžić refused to attend the first days of the trial. The Trial Chamber then ordered the Registrar to assign standby counsel and ordered a five-month delay to allow the standby counsel to prepare. Since November, Karadžić has unsuccessfully appealed the assignment of counsel and has continually complained that he has not had sufficient time to prepare. However, Karadžić attended the courtroom to deliver his opening statement.

The prosecution will begin its case on 3 March with its first witness.

There are now nine trials currently ongoing in the three courtrooms at the ICTY. The trial of Zdravko Tolimir began last week.



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