The prosecution has asked the Hague Tribunal to reject Radovan Karadzic’s proposal to restart his trial following continual problems regarding the disclosure of evidence by the prosecution.
The prosecution of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, has said that Karadzic’s request is “unwarranted”.
The former Bosnian Serb leader and ICTY defendant stated on August 13, that the prosecution was supposed to disclose all evidence before the beginning of trial in 2009, but it has since been revealed that it failed to disclose the statements and testimony of 406 witnesses.
Furthermore, the Trial Chamber had ruled that the prosecution had violated its disclosure obligations on no less than 58 occasions during the trial itself.
The prosecution responded by saying that the trial had been “fair” from the beginning and should be allowed to go on.
“In his motion, the accused does not show that a new trial is warranted, either as a remedy or as a sanction. Since he acknowledges that the Chamber has already found that he was not prejudiced by the prosecution’s discrete failures to disclose material in a timely manner,"
"His argument that he should be granted a new trial as a remedy for so-called ‘cumulative prejudice’ must fail,” argued the ICTY prosecutors.
Karadzic is charged, as president of Republika Srpska and supreme commander of its armed forces, with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of rules and customs of war in the period between 1992 and 1995.
His trial started in October 2009, and the prosecution finished presenting its evidence in May this year.
Karadzic is due to start presenting his evidence in October.
To the media in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, was a true sensation, and one to be exploited day after day.
In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide.