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Hague Acquits Karadzic of 1 Genocide Count

But refuses to drop 10 more charges as war crimes trial goes on
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2012 6:36 AM CDT
Hague Acquits Karadzic of 1 Genocide Count
This file picture taken on November 3, 2009, of wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appearing in court for the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one of the two genocide charges he faces at the halfway stage of his long-running trial. Judges say prosecutors did not present enough evidence to support the genocide count covering mass killings, expulsions, and persecution by Serb forces of Muslims and Croats from Bosnian towns early in the country's 1992-95 war.

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However, judges refused today to dismiss 10 more charges, including a genocide count covering Karadzic's alleged involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men. His trial will continue. The Hague's rules allow suspects to seek acquittal after prosecutors wrap up their case. Earlier this month, Karadzic asked judges to dismiss all 11 counts against him, saying prosecutors had failed to prove them. (Read more Radovan Karadzic stories.)

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