Serb war criminal Karadzic renews challenge to appointed lawyer

One of the top war criminal and former Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic is to try once again to fire a lawyer appointed to defend him by the Yugoslavia tribunal.

Serb war criminal Karadzic renews challenge to appointed lawyer

One of the top war criminal and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is to try once again to fire a lawyer appointed to defend him by the Yugoslavia tribunal.

Karadzic had requested the removal of London-based barrister Richard Harvey, saying he wanted to work with someone who shared his "heritage and language". Judges rejected that request earlier this month.

Karadzic, who has denied all 11 war crimes charges from the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including genocide at Srebrenica, had been representing himself and boycotted the first three days of his trial to win more time to prepare his defence.

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) then appointed Harvey and adjourned the trial until March to give him time to prepare the case.

But Karadzic has requested the right to appeal once again, documents released by the court on Wednesday showed.

Reuters
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