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Karadžić case: Trial Chamber conducts site visit in and around Srebrenica

Press Release CHAMBERS

(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)

The Hague, 5 June 2012

Karadžić case: Trial Chamber conducts site visit in and around Srebrenica

Radovan Karadžić

The Trial Chamber in the case of Radovan Karadžić, the former leader of Bosnian Serbs, began yesterday a five-day site visit to locations relevant to the indictment in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina and its surrounding areas.

The visiting delegation consists of Trial Chamber III Judges Kwon (presiding), Morrison, Baird and Lattanzi as well as support staff from the Tribunal along with representatives of both the Prosecution and Defence.

The visit is taking place under Rule 4 of the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence which sets out that a  ‘Chamber may exercise its functions at a place other than the seat of the Tribunal, if so authorised by the President in the interests of justice’.

Karadžić is charged with participating in a Joint Criminal Enterprise to eliminate Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica by killing the men and boys of Srebrenica and forcibly removing the women, young children and some elderly men from Srebrenica.   

Karadžić, former President of Republika Srpska, head of the Serb Democratic Party (SDS) and Supreme Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS), is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.

Karadžić was indicted on 25 July 1995. He was transferred into the Tribunal’s custody on 30 July 2008 after more than 13 years of evading arrest. The trial began on 26 October 2009. The Prosecution rested its case on 25 May 2012 and the Defence case is scheduled to commence on 16 October 2012.



Press agencies are advised that there will be no media opportunities during the site visit.

For more information please contact Nerma Jelacic, Head of Outreach and Spokesperson for Registry and Chambers on +31 65 357 8006

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