Karadzic boycotts own trial
Will the Yugoslav court allow Radovan Karadzic to employ the same tactics used by Slobodan Milosevic? Court will reconvene Tuesday.
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News analyst and documentary producer Mirko Klarin, who has reported on the court since its opening, says it was a "mistake to give Milosevic and [Serb paramilitary and party leader Voslej] Sheslj such leniency, such appeasement. The result was so disruptive that at times the judges seemed to lose control of the trial."Skip to next paragraph
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Karadzic, the former president of the Republika Srpska, was indicted in 1995 as the most powerful Bosnian Serb political figure responsible for a coordinated policy of "eliminating" non-Serb ethnic groups from large swaths of a richly integrated cities, towns, and villages in Bosnia. Karadzic supervised the territorial defense, was in charge of the administration of the army, gave orders to the as – yet – uncaught but indicted Serb Gen. Radko Mladic, activated the police, participated in international negotiations, and signed off on cease fires and humanitarian relief.
Srebrenica and beyond?
Karadzic is allegedly co-responsible for the execution of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boysin the so-called UN "safe haven" of Srebrenica in July of 1995. The court this month issued a charge of genocide, stating, "On 8 March 1995, Karadzic instructed Bosnian Serb forces under his command to create an unbearable situation of total insecurity with no hope of further survival for the inhabitants of Srebrenica, amongst other places."
Yet Bosnia historian Marko Attila Hoare of Kingston College in London argues that one important outcome of the Karadzic trial will be to "show that genocide occurred outside Srebrenica, as well – that it was a planned policy. The militia groups operated up and down the [River] Drina and in many cities, and conducted a genocidal project for an ethnically pure state. it was not simply Srebrenica."
Mr. Williams, co-author of "Indictment at the Hague," a legal history of the early years of the ICTY, comments that, "During the Yugoslav conflict, Radovan Karadzic definitely manipulated the mediators. He is now trying to do the same with the tribunal. Let's hope the tribunal is more savvy, and able to provide justice for the victims."
Last week Karadzic, having been denied a stay by the judges, sent a letter made public by the court, asking "why and how is it possible that the prosecution is allowed to literally bury me under a million of pages, only to start disclosing relevant material many months after my arrest? ... Why and how is it possible that the prosecution is allowed to file its final indictment against me on the eve of the planned trial date?"
Judge Kwon today signaled that he continued to disagree with Karadzic's position, indicating the accused would be given audio tape and transcripts of the prosecution, and that the court is considering assigning him a lawyer – a signal the prosecution is likely to begin tomorrow, with or without the defendant.