Former Yugoslavian leader Radovan Karadzic, who stands accused of war crimes in the BalkansA NORTHERN Ireland barrister has been assigned as legal counsel to Radovan Karadzic who is on trial for war crimes in The Hague.
Richard Harvey represented the family of Jim Wray at the Saville Inquiry. Mr Wray was shot dead in Glenfada Park on Bloody Sunday and during the inquiry it emerged that forensic evidence suggested he had been shot twice while lying face down.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) appointed the London-based barrister on November 5 following Karadzic’s refusal to attend the trial. Mr Harvey has been given until March 2010 to prepare his client’s defence.
Karadzic, who is defending himself, has repeatedly requested more time to prepare owing to the 1.3m pages of evidence and hundreds of witness statements submitted by the prosecution.
A legal adviser to Mr Karadzic has said that he does not believe the former Yugoslavian leader will co-operate with Mr Harvey.
Peter Robinson, legal adviser to Mr Karadzic, said: “Dr Karadzic will not co-operate with Mr Harvey. He will be filing a challenge in the near future. The Registrar violated his procedures (as) an accused should be provided the list of counsel and be allowed to choose.” Karadzic’s alleged crimes include the 43-month siege of Sarajevo that began in 1992 and the genocide of over 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995.
Mr Harvey has a long history of being involved in human rights cases. As well as the Bloody Sunday Inquiry he taught human rights and practised law in Harlem, New York.
Mr Harvey's practice included serving as counsel to the Government of South Africa since 1996. In Haiti, he was counsel to President Jean Bertrand Aristide, assisting in prosecuting murder and intimidation under the military junta that ousted Aristide.