Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been acquitted of one of the two genocide charges he faces
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been acquitted of one of the two genocide charges he faces at the halfway stage of his long-running showpiece trial at the International Criminal Tribunal
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.
However judges refused 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.
It is learnt that that the Court has determined that there was sufficient evidence to support all of the other ten charges against Karadzic, including responsibility for acts of extermination and murder carried out in municipalities between March 1992 and November 30, 1995, other crimes against humanity, and genocide related to the events in and around Srebrenica in 1995.
However the U.N. court'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.
- Asian Tribune -