Karadzic’s request for new trial unwarranted: Prosecution
Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:3PM
His argument that he should be granted a new trial as a remedy for so-called ‘cumulative prejudice’ must fail." Prosecution of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)Prosecutors have asked the Hague Tribunal to reject former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s request for a new trial. The move by the prosecution of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) comes days after Karadzic officially requested the ICTY for a new trial, DPA reported. "This trial is fair and should continue," the ICTY prosecutors argued, adding, "In his motion, the accused does not show that a new trial is warranted, either as a remedy or as a sanction."
"His argument that he should be granted a new trial as a remedy for so-called ‘cumulative prejudice’ must fail,” prosecutors went on to say.On August 13, Karadzic filed a motion before the ICTY, claiming that the UN prosecutors were late in disclosing crucial evidence favorable to his case. In his motion, Karadzic accused the prosecutors of only making evidence in his favor available once his trial had started. In June, the court dropped one genocide charge against the former president of Republika Srpska and supreme commander of its armed forces, saying that the prosecutors did not present enough evidence to support the charge. The judges, however, refused to dismiss ten other charges, including one additional charge of genocide in regard to Karadzic’s role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys. The 67-year-old was arrested on a bus in Belgrade in 2008, more than a decade after he was first indicted for ordering atrocities during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. MN/HGL/SZH/JR