Karadzic ‘calm’ in first court appearance

Radovan Karadzic, the former leader of the Bosnian Serbs, made his first appearance at the Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal in The Hague on Thursday afternoon where he is expected to be formally charged.

Media photos showed Karadzic has cut his hair and shaved off the long beard he had grown during his 13 years on the run. He wore a dark suit and tie and according to the Telegraaf appeared to be calm even managing a modest smile.
First reports from the tribunal said Karadzic has decided to defend himself during the trial. ‘I have an invisible advisor,’ the Telegraaf reported him as saying.
Karadzic is to take advantage of the 30 days he is allowed to enter his plea.
Karadzic has been indicted on 11 charges relating to war crimes and genocide during the Bosnian conflict in the early 1990s.
According to the BBC a new hearing has been set for August 29.

For more information check out our earlier story.

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