Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Karadzic cleared of genocide charge

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been cleared of one of two genocide charges he faces at The Hague(AP)

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 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 country's 1992-95 war.

However judges in The Hague refused today 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.

www.icty.org/(UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia)

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