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Karadzic: Request to eject statements from 12 witnesses

28. December 2011.00:00
Radovan Karadzic requested The Hague Tribunal Trial Chamber to erase from the register all evidence related to 12 protected witnesses for the Prosecution, because, as he explained, the Prosecution failed to reveal to him the identities of these witnesses before the trial started.

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The former president of Republika Srpska in his motion to judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia emphasised that the Prosecution was obliged to submit identities and statements from all protected witnesses to the Defence by May 2009, while the submission for these witnesses was done only “after the trial began”.

“Karadzic was hurt due to an error by the Prosecution and the fact that they failed to reveal the identities of witnesses to the Defence, as well as the fact that they failed to submit witness statements before the start of trial. The Defence requests from the Chamber to exclude from the register all evidence related to these witnesses, because only such a measure would ensure that the defendant would have the right to a fair trial,” said the motion from Karadzic’s Defence.

Karadzic was arrested in July 2008 after being on the run for years and his trial began in October 2009. The former president of the Republika Srpska and supreme commander of its armed forces is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violation of laws and rules of war between 1992 and 1995.

The Hague Prosecution is currently presenting evidence about the genocide in July 1995 in Srebrenica.

The Karadzic trial will resume on January 10, 2012.D.Dz.

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