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Ex-Serb leader appears in court

November 04, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appeared in court for the first time since his trial for genocide started but said he would not take part again unless he had more time to prepare.

Karadzic, acting as his own lawyer, boycotted the start of proceedings last week before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where he faces 11 war crimes charges including genocide during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Karadzic, who has denied all charges, was the leader of the Serb republic that sought to carve its own state from Bosnia during the breakup of Yugoslavia.

He said he needed 10 more months to review 1.3 million pages of documents and prepare his case.

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