Karadzic Caught Discussing Genocide on Wiretap

Prosecutors reveal tape as Bosnian leader's trial goes on without him
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2009 1:09 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Radovan Karadzic was caught on tape ordering the slaughter at Zepa and Srebenica, prosecutors revealed today at the war crimes trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader. “It will be a black cauldron,” Karadzic says on the tape, “where 300,000 Muslims will die.” But prosecutor Alan Tieger was forced to make his accusations before several rows of empty desks, because Karadzic and his defense team made good on their promise to boycott the trial.

It was the second day Karadzic skipped court, and the judge decided to press on without him, warning that if the boycott continued, he'd forcibly appoint a representative for Karadzic. Tieger began his case by describing the wiretap evidence, which caught Karadzic signing the attack order and laughing off international pressure. “Europe will be told to go fuck itself,” he quoted Karadzic saying, “and not to come back until the job is finished.”