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Karadzic Requests Trial Suspension

Karadzic Requests Trial Suspension

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Former Bosnian Serb president says he needs time to consider new material.
Former Bosnian Serb president says he needs time to consider new material.

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Full text available at: http://iwpr.net/report-news/karadzic-requests-trial-suspensionKaradzic Requests Trial SuspensionFormer Bosnian Serb president says he needs time to consider new material.By Rachel Irwin - International Justice - ICTYTRI Issue 678,4 Feb 11Radovan Karadzic this week requested that his trial at the Hague tribunal be suspended for three months due to a large volume of material the prosecution recently disclosed to him.This material – about 32,000 pages - mainly concerns events in various Bosnian municipalities, which is the next component of the prosecution’s case. Currently, thetrial is still focused on the sniping and shelling of Sarajevo, as it has beensince last April.Karadzic is requesting that the proceedings be suspended from February 15 untilMay 15, save for a few witnesses with dates already fixed.He claims that since most of the new material is in the Serbian language, only afew members of his legal team have the ability to review it. According to the submission, the time off from trial preparation “will ensure that the accused is not required to start defending events in the municipalities until he has receivedall of the disclosure he was entitled to receive before the trial commenced” including additional material that is expected in early April.The judges have previously granted Karadzic’s requests for a trial suspension on three occasions—for a month last November, one week last September and two weeks last August. Each of those times Karadzic had just received a trove of material from the prosecution.The prosecution has not yet responded to Karadzic’s request, and the judges will not make a decision on the matter until that response is filed.In other recent developments, Karadzic has also requested that his phone calls no longer be monitored by court officials, as is standard practice regarding alldetainees.He bases his January 28 request on a leaked Wikileaks cable from Clifford Johnson of the United States embassy in The Hague which details statements made by Timothy McFadden, the former commanding officer of the United Nations Detention Unit, UNDU.In the cable – which Karadzic attached to his request – McFadden is said to have described in great detail phone calls between Milosevic and his wife Mirjana Markovic.“Milosevic could manipulate a nation, [McFadden] said, but struggled to maintain his wife who, on the contrary, seemed to exert just such a pull on him,” the cablestates.The cables also describe Milosevic’s taste in music, including Frank Sinatra, and “pot boiler thrillers”, it read.Karadzic claims that the way McFadden disclosed this information is “shocking anddisturbing.“It is unknown to what extent, if any, officials of the United Nations detention u

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