Karadzic requests one-month pause to prepare his defence

Wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Monday asked the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for a one- month pause in his trial to prepare his case against charges of genocide in the eastern town of Srebrenica in July 1995.

Karadzic’s defence team said in a brief submitted to the tribunal, the prosecution was running late in presenting evidence and has flooded with hundreds thousands pages of documents he has been unable to study and was “totally unprepared for the trial”.

“We respectfully demand that the trial be postponed for one month to fulfil conditions for a just trial, so that Karadzic won’t be punished because the prosecution is violating its obligations on publishing the documents,” the brief said.

The court will rule on Karadzic’s request at a later date.

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