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Former Bosnian leader fails to appear in court

 

Radovan Karadzic

Radovan Karadzic

Former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, failed to appear at his trial in The Hague on genocide and war crimes charges inspite of his promise to do so. He boycotted the trial’s start last week saying he needed more time to prepare his defence.

In a letter to the presiding judge, Mr. Karadzic says he will attend a procedural hearing at the court today to discuss his defence. He has also called for a fair and expeditious trial. Proceedings were adjourned when Mr. Karadzic failed to appear in court yesterday.

When he again failed to appear today, presiding Judge O-Gon Kwon said he had chosen not to exercise his right to be present and must therefore accept the consequences, announcing that the court would proceed in his absence.

 

Source: BC NEWS

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