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Karadzic boycotts Yugoslavia Tribunal

Published on : 22 October 2009 - 8:19am | By Nicola Chadwick
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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic says he will boycott his trial at the Yugoslavia Tribunal,  which is due to begin on Monday.

In a letter to the tribunal judges, the former president of Republika Srpska he says has not had enough time to prepare his defence. Last week, the 64-year-old former president, who is defending himself, tried to postpone his trial by ten months to get through the huge dossier. Then his legal advisor Peter Robinson said, “He has not had adequate time to even read a fraction of the 1.3 million pages of documents.”

Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz says Mr Karadzic has had 15 months to prepare and his rights have been respected. Since his transfer to the detention centre in The Hague, Mr Karadzic had tabled 270 motions on various issues. He has also tried to have the charges against him dropped by claiming he was promised immunity in a secret deal with former US peace mediator Richard Holbrooke on the condition he left public life. The tribunal has ruled against this claim several times.

Fair trial
Karadzic’s refusal to attend the court hearing presents the tribunal with a problem as procedures demand the defendant’s presence as the “minimum guarantee” for a fair trial. There have been two occasions in the past when a defendant has not turned up to trial. General Veselin Sljivancanin refused to attend a hearing in 2003, but was eventually persuaded to come to court. And General Radislav Krstic, tried for genocide after the fall of Srebrenica, was absent due to a leg amputation. In the latter case the judges ruled that he had waived his right to attend after he left the case to his lawyers. In his letter Mr Karadzic says lawyers cannot defend him, “Because the situation is so complex” and because he experienced “all the relevant events from the first to the last day”.

The Prosecution filed a shortened indictment to avoid a lengthy trial. Mr Brammertz says the trial would focus on the victims:  “It is about the execution of a plan to have thousands, tens of thousands of people removed from their areas by killing them, putting them in camps and by rapes.”

More than 100,000 people were killed during the break up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s through ethnic cleansing policies and warfare.

War crimes
Mr Karadzic faces trial for 11 counts of war crimes, including  genocide and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian war between 1992 and 1995. He is accused of being responsible for the genocide of 8000 men and boys from the Srebrenica enclave in 1995. The enclave was meant to be a safe haven for Muslims under the protection of Dutch troops. Radovan Karadzic is also charged with the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.

The former Bosnian Serb leader was arrested in Belgrade in July 2008 after he had been on the run for 13 years.

Read a recent interview with Radovan Karadzic with RNW's International Justice department

 

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Jill LOuise Starr 27 February 2010 - 5:53pm / USA

What It’s Like to Chill Out With Whom the World Considers the Most Ruthless Men in the World Ratko Mladic, Radovan Karadzic and Goran Hadzic (+) Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator

Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand. Mladic, a man considered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at large and currently having a five million dollar bounty on his head for genocide by the international community. Yet there I was with my two best friends at the time, a former Serbian diplomat, his wife, and Ratko Mladic just chilling. There was no security, nothing you’d ordinarily expect in such circumstances. Referring to himself merely as, Sharko; this is the story of it all came about.

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Jill LOuise Starr 27 February 2010 - 5:53pm / USA

Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case

http://picasaweb.google.com/lpcyusa/
(The Documentary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images)

This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not.

Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states instituting the ICC & ICTY housed at the Hague, insofar as the, Radovan Karadzic, as with the other Hague cases awaiting trial there, I personally witnessed these United Nations member states openly speaking about trading judicial appointments and verdicts for financial funding when I attended the 2001 ICC Preparatory Meetings at the UN in Manhattan making the iCTY and ICC morally incapable trying Radovan Karazdic and others.

I witnessed with my own eyes and ears when attending the 2001 Preparatory Meetings to establish an newly emergent International Criminal Court, the exact caliber of criminal corruption running so very deeply at the Hague, that it was a perfectly viable topic of legitimate conversation in those meetings I attended to debate trading verdicts AND judicial appointments, for monetary funding.

Jilly wrote:*The rep from Spain became distraught and when her country’s proposal was not taken to well by the chair of the meeting , then Spain argued in a particularly loud and noticably strongly vocal manner, “Spain (my country) strongly believes if we contribute most financial support to the Hague’s highest court, that ought to give us and other countries feeding it financially MORE direct power over its decisions.”

((((((((((((((((((((((((( ((((((((((((((((((((((((( Instead of censoring the country representative from Spain for even bringing up this unjust, illegal and unfair judicial idea of bribery for international judicial verdicts and judicial appointments, all country representatives present in the meeting that day all treated the Spain proposition as a ”totally legitimate topic” discussed and debated it between each other for some time. I was quite shocked!
The idea was "let's discuss it." "It's a great topic to discuss."

Some countries agreed with Spain’s propositions while others did not. The point here is, bribery for judicial verdicts and judicial appointments was treated as a totally legitimate topic instead of an illegitimate toic which it is in the meeting that I attended in 2001 that day to establish the ground work for a newly emergent international criminal court.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

In particular., since "Spain" was so overtly unafraid in bringing up this topic of trading financial funding the ICC for influence over its future judicial appointments and verdicts in front of every other UN member state present that day at the UN, "Spain" must have already known by previous experience the topic of bribery was "socially acceptable" for conversation that day. They must have previously spoke about bribing the ICTY and
ICC before in meetings; this is my take an international sociological honor student. SPAIN's diplomatic gesture of international justice insofar as, Serbia, in all of this is, disgusting morally!

SPAIN HAS TAUGHT THE WORLD THE TRUE DEFINITION OF AN
"INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT."

I remind everyone, when I attended those ICC Preparatory Meetings in 2001, witnessing first hand the country plenipotentiary representatives present with me discussing so openly, trading judicial funding of a new international criminal court, for its direct judicial appointments and judicial verdicts, those same state powers were

concurrently,

those same countries and people were already simultaneously, funding the already established ICTY which was issuing at that time, arrest warrants for Bosnian Serbs under false primary diplomatic pretenses.

The ICTY and ICC is just where it should be for once. Cornered and backed into and an international wall, scared like a corned animal (and I bet it reacts in the same way a rabid cornered animal does too in such circumstances). (ICTY associates)

http://sites.google.com/site/jillstarrsite/irrefutable-proof-icty-is-cor...
(Documents: Hague war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has destroyed all material evidence about the monsterous KLA Albanian/KLA organ trade in Kosovo).

I believe strongly that ICYU assocaites murdered former Serb President, Slobodan Milosevic, tried to murder me, as well and other Serbs prisoners and presently places , Doctor Radovan Karadzic’s life in direct danger as well as Ratko Mladic’s life
in danger should he be brought there.

The ICTY has no other choice than to halt all further court proceedings against, Doctor Radovan Karadzic, and others there both serving sentences and awaiting trials. Miss JIll Louise Starr (The UN Security Council has no choice but to act on this now).

I accuse the Hague ICTY war crimes tribunal of attempted assassination on my life and others, contempt of court and obstruction of international justice and "international witness tampering" in complicity with Richard Holbrook and Bill Clinton (Former US President of the USA) as well as political players in Spain and the Netherlands .

I represented the state interests' of the Former Yugoslavia, in Darko Trifunovic’s absence in those meetings and I am proud to undertake this effort on Serbia’s behalf.

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