Hague Tribunal rejects Karadžić's request

THE HAGUE -- The Hague Tribunal on Wednesday rejected the request of Radovan Karadžić, who petitioned that a part of his trial be held in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Belgrade.

In a release, Hague recalled Karadžić said in an elaboration of the request that staging trials in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Belgrade would be much more adequate for certain witnesses and that it would bring the Hague's work closer to people and that they could derive benefits from it.

Hague released that it rejected the request Karadžić filed on May 7 because he did not prove that staging trials in the three cities serves the interests of justice and that it would constitute a considerable safety risk for all individuals involved.

This is why Hague also denied Karadžić's second request which is connected to the first one, in which he called on Hague to ask the governments of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the, RS and Serbia whether or not they are competent of meeting the conditions for such trials.

Hague also released that it annulled the decree adopted on February 10, which envisaged that the second visit of Hague investigators to be Srebrenica and its vicinity late in May or early in June should remain confidential until further notice.

Hague said that since the visit has been completed, there are no particular reasons for it to remain confidential.

Karadžić, a war-time political leader of Serbs in Bosnia, was charged with genocide committed against Muslims in Srebrenica, exile of Muslims and Croats from Bosnia territory, terrorizing civilians in Sarajevo by a campaign of the artillery and sniper attacks and taking UN medical teams as hostages in the period from 1992 to 1995.

The trial began late in October 2009, and Karadžić is being kept in the Scheveningen detention ever since late July 2008 when he was arrested in Belgrade and extradited to Hague.