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Hague Tribunal Enters Not Guilty Plea for Karadzic

By VOA News
29 August 2008

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has appeared before the United Nations war crimes tribunal and again refused to enter a plea to charges of genocide and war crimes.

Judge Iain Bonomy entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

Prosecutors say they will have a new indictment against Karadzic ready at the end of next month. Karadzic, who is representing himself, said he would answer the new charges then.

The former Bosnian Serb leader faces 11 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, arising from his role in attacks on civilians during the conflict of the 1990s in Bosnia-Herzegovina. These include the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of eight thousand Muslim men and boys.

If convicted, the 63-year-old suspect could face life in prison.

Karadzic had also refused to enter a plea during his first appearance before the court in July, when he waived his right to a court-appointed attorney, deciding instead to defend himself.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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