Karadzic Says He Should Be Rewarded for Trying to Avoid War

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said he should be rewarded for doing all he could to avoid war, as he began his defense Tuesday at the U.N. Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Karadzic is on trial for 10 counts of war crimes and genocide stemming from the Bosnian War that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Karadzic is accused of masterminding the massacre of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995. He is also accused of responsibility for the three-year siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo between 1992 and 1995.

Karadzic denies the charges against him. He said Tuesday that he is a “mild” and “tolerant” man who made efforts to reduce human suffering during the conflict.

Karadzic spent 13 years on the run after being indicted by the international war crimes tribunal. He was found and arrested in 2008.

Also in the Hague Tuesday, the final suspect for the war crimes tribunal begins his trial. Goran Hadzic, detained in 2011, is accused of killings and forced deportations during the four-year war in Croatia that ended in 1995.