AFP - Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic refused to plead to genocide charges Tuesday at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes court, prompting the judges to enter an automatic not guilty plea on his behalf.
"I am not going to enter a plea at all," Karadzic told judge Iain Bonomy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in The Hague.
"This tribunal does not have the right to try me."
Bonomy replied: "I shall enter pleas of not guilty on your behalf" to each of the 11 counts.
The initial indictment had listed only one count of genocide among the 11 charges.
The prosecution indicated shortly after Karadzic's arrest in 2008 that it would amend and update the indictment.
Karadzic refused to plead to the indictment last year, saying he would await the filing of the final document. This resulted in an automatic not-guilty plea being entered on his behalf.
In a new document, filed last month, two counts were removed from the initial charge sheet -- those of complicity to genocide and breaches of the Geneva Convention.
Two genocide charges were listed, relating to "the crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1992 and the second to the July 1995 massacre in Srebrenica."
It also charged Karadzic with criminal conduct in relation to 27 municipalities instead of the initial 41.
The indictment then required a final amendment to correct the erroneous omission of a number of killings, including the deaths of 140 detainees at Susica camp in September 1992.
This version was approved by the judges last week.