The trial in The Hague of wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic goes ahead today despite his boycott of the proceedings. He stayed away on Monday claiming he needs more time to prepare his own defense.
Marko Sladojevic, Karadzic’s legal advisor explains: “Mister Karadzic is not coming tomorrow to attend the trail, it’s not a sign of his boycott, or his persistence or whatever. He’s simply not ready for the trial.” Karadzic is accused of war crimes arising from the Bosnian war from 1992 till 1995, including genocide charges for the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. Some 100,000 people were killed in that warfare and ethnic cleansing. Hasan Malic, a Bosnian Muslim, lost 32 relatives in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. “Radovan Karadzic should be brought here to see these graves. He should not be in the The Hague. We should hang him here near these graves,” he said. The 64 year old Karadzic was arrested 15 months ago. He has denied the charges being brought against him in the Hague. He is not without his supporters. This customer at a bar in Belgrade has expressed his doubts about the trial. “Why should he show up at all there. Anyway he will not have a fair trial. And the Hague tribunal is not a proper court,” he said. Karadzic’s former military commander General Ratko Mladic remains a fugitive and is still being sought by the war crimes tribunal. He has successfully evaded efforts by the UN to capture him and bring him to trial.