The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has called for his war crimes trial to be dismissed, claiming he was promised immunity from prosecution by America. Karadzic’s legal team presented what they said was proof of the deal in The Hague today. They asked for the case against their client to be thrown out, saying he had a deal with Richard Holbrooke, Washington’s peace envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s.
“This agreement was made on the 18th and 19th July 1996 in Belgrade. We have 15 witnesses to this agreement, and that is what is set forth in the motion that was filed today,” said Karadzic’s lawyer, Peter Robinson. Holbrooke has repeatedly denied any such deal, while the war crimes tribunal has said that even if one does exist it would probably not stand up in court. Karadzic was arrested in Belgrade last July after eleven years in hiding. His fellow-suspect General Ratko Mladic is still on the run.