Karadzic trial judges visit Sarajevo

16th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Judges trying former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic began a five-day visit to Sarajevo and its surrounding area on Monday, the international war crimes court said.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugolslavia (ICTY) said that following a request from the accused, the court decided that a site visit would help its work regarding the location of the crimes concerned in and around Sarajevo.

Karadzic, who is representing himself, is accused of being responsible for the bombardment of Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, causing the deaths of 10,000 civilians.

He is charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the war from 1992-1995, in which 100,000 people died and 2.2 million were uprooted.

The trial began in October 2009 but has been suspended several times at the request of Karadzic, who said he did not have enough time to prepare for the case against him. It is scheduled to resume on May 31.

Karadzic, 65, was arrested in Belgrade in July 2008 after 13 years in hiding.

© 2011 AFP

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