August 30, 2008

Karadzic Refuses to Plead in Court

FORMER Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic yesterday refused to enter pleas to 11 war crimes charges.

And he told a judge: "This court is representing itself falsely as a court of the international community whereas it is, in fact, a court of Nato whose aim is to liquidate me."

The Scottish judge, Iain Bonomy, entered not guilty pleas on his behalf during the 25 minute hearing at the UN tribunal in The Hague.

Karadzic is set to appear again on September 17.

He is charged with genocide for masterminding atrocities, including the slaughter of more than 8000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995 and the siege of Sarajevo, when he was president of the Bosnian Serb republic.

Karadzic, 63, was arrested in the Serb capital Belgrade in July after 13 years on the run.

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