Karadzic says 'trial unfair'

On Wednesday Karadzic was transferred from Belgrade to a UN- detention centre near The Hague in the Netherlands.

Karadzic says 'trial unfair'
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has said it is unimaginable he could get a fair trial at the U.N. war crimes tribunal because the world's media have already branded him a war criminal.

In a document submitted to the tribunal by Karadzic and published by the court on Friday, Karadzic wrote: "My arrival here was accompanied by many drastic irregularities."

"The first irregularity I would mention is the media witch-hunt which began in the Muslim media even before the beginning of the armed conflict and which proclaimed me a war war criminal at a time when the only victims were Serbs."

"The international media continued that media witch hunt ... so that is now unimaginable to many people that this court could acquit me. I believe that this fact seriously jeopardises the trial itself".

War crimes suspect Karadzic was arrested by the Serbian authorities in Belgrade on July 21. On the run for almost 13 years, he had long hair and a beard when captured.

On Wednesday Karadzic was transferred from Belgrade to a UN- detention centre near The Hague in the Netherlands. He is due to appear before the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for the first time on Thursday afternoon.

The war tore apart Bosnia's multicultural fabric, ethnicity and religion, cleaving through communities with a common language and many of the same customs. Hundreds of thousands of people became refugees, and blame Karadzic.

"Karadzic is responsible for making my family scatter throughout the world," said Slobodanka Dizdarevic, a Bosnian Serb who lived with her Muslim husband in Sarajevo.

"He is responsible for nightmares that still keep me awake. He is responsible for the fact that my grandsons are growing up far away and I am not able to hear their first words."

The hatred that was unleashed was blamed on populist demagogues, historical reasons and old rivalries, but is still hard to understand for those who survived it.

Reuters
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