Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Todd Shepard, Author of 'The Algerian War and the Remaking of France'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Freed French Hostages: Celebration and Speculation on how it all happened

Read more

HIGH PROFILE

Justine Dupont, surfer

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Guillaume Poitrinal, Chief executive of Woodeum

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria

Read more

WEB NEWS

France's top consumer group sues internet giants

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shocking revelations on South Korean ferry disaster provoke scathing editorials

Read more

HIGH PROFILE

Olivier Poussier, winner, world's best sommelier (2000)

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Peugeot-Citroën hopes for sales boost at Beijing auto show

Read more

  • Boston readies for first marathon since bombings

    Read more

  • Deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine threatens Geneva deal

    Read more

  • S.Korea president says captain’s action akin to ‘murder’

    Read more

  • France marks 70 years of women’s voting rights

    Read more

  • Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote

    Read more

  • Leftist Sabahi to challenge Sisi for Egypt presidency

    Read more

  • Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

    Read more

  • The Great War's unsung four-legged heroes

    Read more

  • Video: Ukraine crisis overshadows Easter celebrations

    Read more

  • UK’s Hamilton cruises to victory at Chinese Grand Prix

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian town at Easter

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Why Syria’s cash-strapped jihadists let hostages go

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

Europe

Karadzic cleared of one of two genocide charges

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-06-28

The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has dropped one of the two genocide charges against ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic because of a lack of evidence, presiding judge O-Gon Kwon said on Thursday.

AFP - The Yugoslav war crimes court on Thursday dropped one genocide charge against wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, but a similar charge over the Srebrenica massacre still stands.

Presiding judge O-Gon Kwon said there was not enough evidence to substantiate the definition of genocide in relation to killings by Bosnian Serb forces in towns and villages of Bosnia from March to December 1992.

In addition to the Srebrenica genocide charge, Karadzic faces nine other charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the 1992-1995 conflict which left some 100,000 people dead and over two million homeless.

"The chamber partially grants the motion and acquits the accused on count one of the indictment and denies the remainder of his request," said the judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Genocide is the gravest crime in international humanitarian law -- and the hardest to prove.

The evidence presented in the prosecution case "does not rise to the level which could sustain a conclusion that the serious bodily or mental harm suffered... in the municipalities" could "lead to the death of the whole or part of the population," O-Gon Kwon said.

Karadzic, 66, had sought an acquittal on all counts, with his lawyers arguing that no genocide took place in Bosnia in 1992.

Arrested on a Belgrade bus in 2008 after years on the run, Karadzic was wanted in particular for masterminding the killings that followed the Serbs' capture of the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.

Close to 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered over the course of a few days in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II -- an incident for which Karadzic has denied responsibility.

O-Gon Kwon, a South Korean judge, said there was evidence that it could be established that genocide was carried out at Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces under the command of Karadzic's military chief Ratko Mladic.

Judges were also of the view that "if accepted, a reasonable trier of fact could be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the accused participated in a joint criminal enterprise with the purpose to eliminate Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica."

Karadzic is also being prosecuted at the UN court for his role in the 44-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo between May 1992 and November 1995 in which 10,000 people died.

Like Mladic, he also faces charges for his role in plans to take hostage UN observers and peacekeepers and use them as human shields during a NATO bombing
 

Date created : 2012-06-28

  • SERBIA - WAR

    Sarajevo marks 20th anniversary of brutal conflict

    Read more

  • INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE

    Mladic war crimes trial set for May 14

    Read more

  • BOSNIA

    Leaders form cabinet to end crisis in ethnically divided Bosnia

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)