Karadzic trial postponed 03 Mar 2010
The trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has again been postponed at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Trial Chamber III at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) yesterday decided to again postpone the trial of Radovan Karadžić without specifying a date for when the case will resume. The case had only resumed on 1 March 2010 after a five-month delay.

Presiding Judge O-Gon Kwon stated that, ”in the interest of a fair trial”, the Tribunal would wait for an Appeals Chamber ruling on Karadzic’s request for more time to prepare his defence before continuing with the case. The Prosecution had been due to begin examining its first witness on 3 March, while Karadzic is seeking a delay until June.

In the first two days of his opening statement before the Tribunal, Karadzic dismissed the three-year “Siege of Sarajevo” and the Srebrenica massacre as “myths”, denying his involvement and claiming that his Bosnian Serb forces were fighting a “just and holy war”. Karadzic’s alleged responsibility for the crimes committed in Sarajevo and Srebrenica is a principal part of the Prosecution case.

Karadžić faces 11 charges, including counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions for crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia.

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