Supporters of Radovan Karadzic have staged protests and plan a major rally in Belgrade, pending the review of an appeal against the former Serb leader's transfer to a Dutch-based international court.
Serbian nationalists and ultra-nationalists are gearing up to protest Radovan Karadzic’s arrest in Belgrade as the Serbian authorities prepare to extradite the man accused of masterminding the Srebrenica massacre to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.
Spearheaded by the opposition Serbian Radical Party and its leader, Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian nationalists have been gathering for daily protests in support of the Bosnian Serb leader who was arrested last week after 11 years on the run.
In an interview with
According to Laurent Rouy, FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Belgrade, nationalists and ultra-nationalists will demonstrate because they refuse to accept that one could betray a Serb and hand him over to foreigners.
Serbs who “do not understand the process at
Protesters do not represent the majority of the population in
While the radical leader Vucic promised the demonstration would be peaceful, Tomic says some extremist groups such as Obraz are difficult to control and ready to come to blows with the police.
EU talks still on hold
Despite Karadzic’s arrest, EU ambassadors refused on Tuesday to improve trading conditions with
The government of pro-European president Boris Tadic, who was elected in February, hopes that Karadzic will be transferred as quickly as possible so that “the EU foreign ministers realize that
Last week, European Union Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn had urged the bloc to allow
Waiting for the post
The procedure to extradite Karadzic has been slowed by his reluctance to file an appeal to Serbia’s war crimes court ― at least until the nationalists had staged a mass protest in his favour. Karadzic’s brother Luka says the appeal was sent from a remote post office at the last minute required under Serbian law on Friday evening. There has been no independent confirmation of Luka Karadzic’s claim.
On Tuesday morning, however, the Serbian war crimes court had not yet received the appeal.
Karadzic's lawyer, Svetozar Vujacic, said he was confident the ploy to delay his client's transfer ― to face charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity ― had worked. And
When and if the appeal is received, a panel of judges has three days to rule on it.
According to Tomic, the ICTY have reviewed their functioning to speed up trials after the trial of the former Yugoslavian President Slobadon Milosevic trailed on for four years until he died.
Date created : 2008-07-29