THE HAGUE, The Netherlands (September 19,2008) - UN war crimes prosecutors at The Hague are due to file a revised indictment against former leader and creator of the genocidal Serbian creature in Bosnia "RS" and one of the masterminds of the genocide against the Bosnian people,Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic with a motion, requesting its confirmation,on Friday.
Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic, who made his third appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) since his arrest on July 21, said he had not read the current indictment, adding that he expected to get a new chance to enter his plea once he received the new indictment.
At the first pre-trial status conference Serbian fascist was not accompanied by his legal team or Defence attorney. Despite judge Ian Bonomy's advice, he once again said that he wanted to represent himself during the course of the entire process.
"Nobody could defend me better than me, because nobody knows all the facts as well as I know them," Serbian fascist Radovan Karadzic said.
He said, just like the first time he appeared before the Court that he was not alone as he had "invisible allies".
Once again, Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic mentioned his agreement with US Special Envoy Richard Hoolbrok, claiming that this agreement guaranteed him that he would not be arrested and adding that he had opened a personal investigation on this issue.
"I do not think that Holbrook spoke to me as a US Envoy only, but rather as a representative of the Contact Group. Therefore I want this to be taken into consideration," he said.
Judge Bonomy announced that his next appearance would be scheduled within the next 30 days.
Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic was arrested after having been on the run from justice for 13 years. When the arrest took place he had personal documents, issued in the name of Dragan Dabic, with him. He was handed over to the Tribunal on July 31 this year.
After he had refused to enter his plea on August 29, judge Bonomy, following the existing procedure, recorded a plea of not guilty.
The indictment against Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic, which was last amended in 2000, charges him, under 11 counts, including Genocide and crimes against humanity,committed the genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor during the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia.
On 11 October 2002, following a request from the Office of the Prosecutor, Duty Judge Gunawardana issued an "Order to Lift the Seal of Confidentiality of the Amended Indictment, Arrest Warrants, and Non-Disclosure Order", with regard to an Amended Indictment against Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic that was confirmed on 31 May 2000 by Judge Patricia Wald, but kept under seal.
On 18 May 2000 the Prosecutor filed her "Motion for Leave to File an Amended Indictment; Confirmation of the Amended Indictment; An Order in Terms of Rule 53 (B)", which sought leave to amend two outstanding Indictments against Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic and submitted one, new consolidated Indictment, asking for confirmation of that Amended Indictment. These submissions were assigned to Judge Wald for consideration.
The first Indictment against Serbian war criminals Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic was originally filed on 24 July 1995 and was confirmed by Judge Jorda on 25 July 1995.
The sixteen-count Indictment charged Serbian war criminals Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic with:
- One count of genocide.
- Three counts of crimes against humanity, including persecution on political, racial and religious grounds and the sniping campaign against the civilian population of Sarajevo.
- Five counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, including the unlawful confinement of civilians in detention facilities, the extensive destruction of property, the appropriation and plunder of property and the unlawful taking of United Nations peacekeepers as hostages and using them as human shields.
- Seven counts of violations of the laws and customs of war, including the unlawful confinement of civilians, shelling civilian gatherings, destruction of sacred sites, appropriation and plunder of property, sniping at civilians in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and the unlawful taking of United Nations peacekeepers as hostages and using them as human shields.
The second Indictment was originally filed on 14 November 1995 and was confirmed
by Judge Riad on 16 November 1995. This twenty-count Indictment charged the Accused with:
- One count of genocide.
- Ten counts of crimes against humanity, including extermination and murder.
- Nine counts of violations of the laws and customs of war, namely murder.
The Prosecutor's Amended Indictment, filed on 18 May 2000, consolidated the first and second Indictments and reduced the total number of charges, leaving only the most serious counts. In the Prosecutor's view, these amendments were more in keeping with the current charging practices of the Office of the Prosecutor and reflected the evolving jurisprudence of the Tribunal. Moreover, the Prosecutor believed the amended Indictment would allow her office to move more quickly to trial if Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic was arrested and facilitated joinder of his case with other Indictments against fascist leaders of the Serbians living in Bosnia.
The amended Indictment charges Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic under Articles 7(1) and 7(3) with:
- One count of genocide.
- One count of complicity in genocide.
- Five counts of crimes against humanity, including extermination, murder, persecution on political, racial and religious grounds, deportation and other inhumane acts.
- Three counts of violations of the laws or customs of war, including murder, unlawfully inflicting terror upon civilians, taking of hostages.
- One count of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, wilful killing.