Karadžić refuses to enter plea 29 Aug 2008
A plea of "not guilty" has been entered on behalf of Radovan Karadžić after the accused again refrained from entering a plea while changes to the indictment against him were still forthcoming.

Radovan KaradzicOn Friday 29 August 2008, the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić made his second appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, in order to enter a plea. The hearing came one month after Karadžić first appeared at the Tribunal, on 31 July 2008, and requested a 30-day postponement to study the indictment. Karadžić was expected to enter pleas to 11 charges including genocide and crimes against humanity during the war in Bosnia in the 1990s, in particular for his role in the Srebrenica massacre.

Karadžić appeared without counsel and confirmed his intent to represent himself.

“I am not guilty”

In line with his first declaration, Karadžić indicated that he preferred to wait for the amended version of the indictment before entering a plea. Since Radovan Karadžić failed to enter a plea, Judge Bonomy entered a plea of not guilty on the accused’s behalf in accordance with Rule 62 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. “I am not guilty”, Karadžić finally stated to the Bench.

The Prosecution announced that it will present an amended version of the operative indictment by the end of September. Judge Bonomy declared that he was “surprised” that this exercise had not already been completed since the filing of the operative indictment dates back to May 2000.

A status conference will take place at the ICTY on 17 September, at 14.15.

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