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Karadzic Says He Needs 17 Hours for Closing Arguments

Defendant to summarise his case nearly five years after proceedings began at the Hague tribunal.
  • Radovan Karadzic in the ICTY courtroom. (Photo: ICTY)
    Radovan Karadzic in the ICTY courtroom. (Photo: ICTY)

Wartime Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic has asked for 17 hours to present the closing arguments in his long-running trial.

He noted in the March 28 motion that “this is equivalent to the amount of time he has remaining for the presentation of his defence case”.

Both Karadzic and the prosecution will present their closing remarks on September 29, nearly five years after proceedings officially opened at the Hague tribunal.

Prosecutors allege that Karadzic, the president of Bosnia's self-declared Republika Srpska from 1992 to 1996, is responsible for crimes of genocide, persecution, extermination, murder and forcible transfer which "contributed to achieving the objective of the permanent removal of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from Bosnian Serb-claimed territory”.

He is accused of planning and overseeing the 44-month siege of Sarajevo that left nearly 12,000 people dead, as well as the massacre of more than 7,000 men and boys at Srebrenica in July 1995.

Karadzic was arrested in Belgrade in July 2008 after 13 years on the run. He represents himself in the courtroom.

Rachel Irwin is IWPR’s Senior Reporter in The Hague.

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