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Karadzic back in court at The Hague

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Karadzic back in court at The Hague


Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is back in court in The Hague today, and he will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty to a series of charges including genocide.

If he refuses, a not guilty plea will be entered on his behalf.

Captured in July after more than a decade on the run, Karadzic has spent the last month filing motions challenging the legality of the case against him.

Primarily, he claims he had been offered immunity by US peace mediator, Richard Holbrooke.

In Serbia, the search for Karadzic’s army chief, Ratko Mladic, is intensifying.

The arrest of the last genocide suspect from the Bosnian war of the 1990’s is key to Belgrade’s European aspirations.

Serbia’s chief war crimes prosecutor says it is in Mladic’s best interests to give himself up.

Vladimir Vukcevic says given the speed of arrests over the last two years, he expects the “Hague story” to finish soon.

However, Serb nationalists still have a loyal following at home. On the eve of Karadzic’s second appearance in court, posters of support popped up across Belgrade.

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