25 September, 2023


Radovan Karadzic Cleared Of One Genocide Charge In The Hague

AP/ The Guardian –

The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one of the two genocide charges he faces at the halfway stage of his long-running trial.

Judges refused to dismiss another charge of genocide against Karadzic relating to his alleged role in the Srebrenica massacre. Photograph: Serge Ligtenberg/Getty

Judges say prosecutors did not present enough evidence to support the genocide count covering mass killings, expulsions and persecution by Serb forces of Muslims and Croats from Bosnian towns early in the 1992-95 war.

However judges refused on Thursday to dismiss 10 more charges, including a genocide count covering Karadzic’s alleged involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men.

His trial will continue.

The UN court’s rules allow suspects to seek acquittal after prosecutors wrap up their case.

Earlier this month Karadzic asked judges to dismiss all 11 counts against him, saying prosecutors had failed to prove them.

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