Karadzic asks UN to halt trial

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has again appealed to delay his genocide trial that is due to resume next week.

Karadzic says the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has accepted 1,500 statements and items of testimony from earlier trials concerning the Bosnian war without giving him a chance to cross-examine the witnesses or test the facts in court.

Karadzic said in his motion released Tuesday that he is being denied a fair trial and that his fundamental rights as a defendant are being violated.

Karadzic is on trial for genocide and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by Bosnian Serbs, including the slaughter of around 8,000 Muslims in the Srebrenica enclave near the end of the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict, Europe’s worst massacre since World War II.

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