August 29, 2008

No War Crime Pleas for Karadzic

Radovan Karadzic, the captured leader of the Bosnian Serbs, has refused to enter a plea to war crime charges at an international court in The Hague.

As Karadzic appeared before the U.N. international tribunal on war crimes in former Yugoslavia and refused to plea Judge Iain Bonomy entered a plea of not guilty for him, the BBC and Radio Netherlands Worldwide said.

Karadzic is facing 11 war crime charges for his part in the Bosnian civil war of the 1990s including allegations of genocide from the deaths of nearly 8,000 people in the town of Srebrenica. The Bosnian Serb leader was arrested in July after being sought for 13 years on the charges.

Karadzic accused the tribunal of being oriented toward his conviction, saying the legal group was essentially a representation of NATO.

"I will not plead, in line with my standpoint as regards this court," he said at his second court hearing.

The BBC said Karadzic's next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17.