Karadzic to Appear at Genocide Trial, Seeks Delay

Prosecutor: Serb's only regret was that some survived Srebrenica
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2009 4:39 AM CST
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is seen in the courtroom at the UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Hague in this August 2008 photo.   (AP Photo/ Valerie Kuypers, file)
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(Newser) – Radovan Karadzic will show his face at his war crimes trial for the first time since it began last week—but only to request more time to prepare his defense in the 1995 indictment, Reuters reports. A hearing today will address how to proceed if the former Bosnian Serb leader, who is defending himself against charges including genocide, resumes his boycott.

Opening statements in the trial continued yesterday in Karadzic's absence, with prosecutors discussing Karadzic's role in the killing of 8,000 men and boys at Srebrenica. "He knew that men were being killed, he covered up the mass expulsions and the murders and continues to do so to this day, and the only regret he had about the entire operation was that some Muslim men got away," a prosecutor told the court.