Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Karadzic trial to begin

The war crimes trial of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian-Serb leader who spent years on the run disguised as a mystic to avoid war crimes charges, is set to open today at The Hague.

But the relatives of those who died in the Srebrenica massacre look like being deprived of the satisfaction of seeing the man accused of orchestrating the genocide actually standing in the dock.

Mr Karadzic, who faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity relating to the 1992-95 Bosnia war, has vowed to boycott the opening. His defiant protest is directed at what he believes is a rush to justice that denies him sufficient time to prepare his defence.

Despite Karadzic's promise not to show up to court today, around 160 Muslim survivors of the war have made the long journey to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague to see proceedings finally get underway, 14 years after the end of Europe's bloodiest conflict since World War Two.

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