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Bosnian Serb General’s Verdict in Mid-July

28. June 2013.00:00
The Hague Tribunal announced that the verdict against wartime Republika Srpska general Radislav Krstic for contempt of court after failing to testify for Radovan Karadzic, will be rendered on July 18.

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Krstic, the wartime commander of the Drina Corps of the Republika Srpska Army, was sentenced by The Hague Tribunal in 2004 to 35 years in prison for aiding and abetting the Srebrenica genocide.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, on Karadzic’s request subpoenaed Krstic and brought him to the courtroom on February 7. However, Krstic refused to take an oath citing medical reasons.
Krstic therefore went on trial for contempt of court on May 28 after refusing to testify.
“The mere idea of talking before this court causes me great stress,” said Krstic and accused Karadzic of “ruthlessly stepping all over him.”
The trial chamber ordered that Krstic be medically and psychiatrically examined, and the results showed that there were no medical reasons that could prevent him from testifying.
If found guilty, Krstic could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison, fined up to 100,000 euros, or both.

Karadzic is on trial for genocide in Srebrenica and other crimes committed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Denis Džidić

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