Karadzic given two weeks to study Mladic tapes

18th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Judges in the genocide trial of Radovan Karadzic granted the Bosnian Serb wartime leader two weeks on Wednesday to study recordings allegedly made by fugitive general Ratko Mladic.

Karadzic had asked the court for a three-week suspension to study cassettes and CDs seized in March from the Belgrade home of Bosiljka Mladic, wife of the former Bosnian Serb military commander.

He claimed the recordings may contain "a significant amount of exculpatory material" and that he needed 113 hours to study them.

The trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia agreed that "a suspension of proceedings is in the interests of justice", adding however that "a period of two weeks is sufficient".

The suspension will take effect at the conclusion of testimony of two more witnesses, one whom took the stand on Wednesday.

Karadzic, 65, faces 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide arising from Bosnia's 1992-95 war in which 100,000 people were killed and 2.2 million left homeless.

Among other accusations, he stands charged with genocide in connection with the massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in July 1995.

Arrested in July 2008 after 13 years on the run, he is acting as his own defence lawyer.

Mladic, 68, the Bosnian Serb military commander under Karadzic, has been on the run since being indicted for the same crimes in 1995.

Investigators seized several notebooks, recordings and other records from Mladic's wife's home earlier this year, which the prosecution wants to add as evidence in several running trials, including that of Karadzic.

Some of the notes were allegedly taken during meetings with Karadzic.

© 2010 AFP

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