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Karadzic to plead on amended indictment

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Karadzic to plead on amended indictment


The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is due to appear at the International Criminal Court in the Hague to plead on amended war-crimes charges.

Earlier this week, judges approved changes in the indictment, streamlining the charges alleging murder, crimes against humanity and genocide during the Bosnian War. Karadzic was arrested last July after 11 years on the run. He was living in Belgrade as an alternative healer, disguised with long hair and beard. One of the main charges – that of genocide – has now been split into two time periods, including the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995. Karadzic has refused to recognise the legitimacy of the court, and in August, the judge had to enter a not guilty plea for him. Prosecutors hope the new, more focused indictment will bring about a more efficient trial.

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