Karadzic Blasts 'Witch Hunt,' Says US Wants to Kill Him

Ex-Bosnian leader claims he cut a deal with Washington
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2008 12:50 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Radovan Karadzic says he can't possibly get a fair trial at the Hague because a “media witch hunt” has already proclaimed him a war criminal, the BBC reports. In a document submitted to the war crimes tribunal, Karadzic cited “drastic irregularities” in his arrest and accused the US of trying to "liquidate" him.

Karadzic claims he made a deal for immunity in 1996 with the US in return for disappearing from public life, but he says the US reneged and has since been trying to kill him. Richard Holbrooke, the ex-US ambassador who brokered the Bosnian peace deal, calls that a "completely false story, put out by Karadzic after he disappeared from public life, and he was trying to justify himself. It's laughable."