11 July 2013, 19:51

UN court reinstates genocide charge against Karadzic

Радован Караджич

Radovan Karadzic

Radovan Karadzic

The UN's Yugoslav war crimes court on Thursday reinstated a genocide charge against former Bosnian Serb top leader Radovan Karadzic, overturning on appeal an earlier decision by trial judges.

"The Appeals Chamber... reverses the Trial Chamber's acquittal of Mr Karadzic for genocide in the municipalities... and reinstates the charges," Judge Theodor Meron told the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where Karadzic now faces 11 charges for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Karadzic's trial began in 2009, and prosecutors rested their case last year. Karadzic, who is defending himself in The Hague, called for acquittal on all 11 charges at the end of the prosecution case, saying there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

Judges rejected his request in all but the genocide charge covering the killings and mistreatment of non-Serbs in 1992 — the charge which has now been reinstated.

Karadzic also had argued that reinstating the charge would "disrupt the ongoing trial ... and would represent an irresponsible use of public funds".

Radovan Karadzic was the first President of Republika Srpska from 1992 to 1996. He was a fugitive from 1996 until July 2008 after having been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He is accused of war crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats during the Siege of Sarajevo.

Voice of Russia, AFP, Reuters

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