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Karadzic refuses to plead at UN court

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Karadzic refuses to plead at UN court


The tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Radovan Karadzic after he refused to plead.

The former Bosnian Serb leader, who is accused of war crimes and genocide, rejected all 11 charges against him in front of presiding judge Iain Bonomy and refused to recognise the court’s jurisdiction. “I’m not going to enter a plea at all for the reasons that I mentioned. This tribunal does not have the right to try me,” he said. The hearing is the result of an amended indictment which prosecutors say will lead to a more efficient trial. Karadzic was arrested in July last year after 11 years on the run. He faces life in prison for crimes against humanity, murder, deportation, terror and unlawful attacks on civilians as well as the massacre of 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica.
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