APRIL 7 2009 20:32h
Karadzic claims Holbrooke promised him in 1996 he would not be prosecuted if he withdrew from power, based on which he asked for immunity.
The Appeals Chamber of the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague (ICTY) denied a motion for immunity from prosecution filed Radovan Karadzic.
The former Bosnian Serb leader claims that former American peace mediator, Richard Holbrooke, had in 1996 promised him that he would not be prosecuted by the ICTY if he withdrew from power, which he did.
The tribunal’s decision is yet another blow to Karadzic’s attempts to avoid trial for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The ICTY also decided that the pre-trial hearing in the case against Karadzic be held on July 20, after which the trial could begin.
Final list of witnesses and evidence by May 18
The ICTY trial chamber headed by Ian Bonomy on Tuesday issued a decision with the work schedule, ordering the prosecution to submit to the court the final list of witnesses and evidence with all credible details by May 18.
A week after that at the latest, on May 26, the copies of the lists of witnesses and evidence should be presented to Karadzic, who has chosen to defend himself in the proceedings. He is to submit his pre-trial motion by June 22