Witnesses to Testify at War Crimes Trial

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Witnesses are set to start testifying today in the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in the Hague.

Karadzic is facing 11 charges relating to the Bosnia-Hercegovina conflict in the early 1990s. He's accused of organizing a campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in Eastern Bosnia. The plan called to kill Bosnian Muslims and Croats in order to create a pure Serbian state. The BBC reports the first witness set to testify is Ahmet Zulic, who was a prisoner in a Serb detention camp. Karadzic is conducting his own defense, and is expected to cross-examine Zulic.

Many of the charges Karadzic faces were also leveled against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, who died in 2006 before his war crimes trial had finished.

According to the Washington Post, Karadzic has maintained his innocence in the crimes that left more than 17,000 dead. He lost a recent bid to delay his trial.

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