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Karadzic trial to begin by end of October

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Karadzic trial to begin by end of October


Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s final appeal to have his trial dismissed has been rejected by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

His trial in the Hague is set to start on Monday October 26. His demand for a 10-month delay to prepare his case has also been rejected. Karadzic is representing himself. He has always maintained the case should be thrown out because he claims the US peace mediator in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, Richard Holbrooke, offered him immunity from prosecution on condition he withdrew from public life. Holbrooke has denied this. Karadzic faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, all of which he denies. He will be presented with the detailed charges no later than October 19, after which the court has granted him one week to prepare his defence.

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