Karadzic arrives in Netherlands for trial

July 30th, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by ANI  

The Hague (Netherlands), July 30 (ANI): Former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, has arrived in the Netherlands to face trial before a UN war-crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Karadzic, who was arrested in Belgrade last week after 13 years on the run, is to appear before the tribunal on Thursday.

He has been indicted for crimes against humanity and genocide during the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s.

It comes hours after clashes at a rally attended by at least 10,000 supporters to protest his arrest, the BBC reported.

Karadzic will appear in court on Thursday evening, when he will hear the charges against him, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said in a statement.

He will be allowed to enter a plea immediately or take 30 days to do so.

Karadzic left a court building in Belgrade in a convoy of cars with tinted windows. He then took a special flight to Rotterdam airport in the Netherlands, from where he was transferred to the UN’’s detention unit.

Under normal procedure, he would be read his rights, fingerprinted and photographed, and then undergo a medical examination.

The 63-year-old had attempted to challenge the legality of his transfer.

The Serbian court had still not received an appeal, sent by post on Friday, on Tuesday, prompting Serbia’’s justice minister to issue the final extradition order.

He faces eleven counts of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other atrocities, is charged for the shelling of Sarajevo in which some 12,000 civilians died, allegedly organized the massacre of up to 8,000 Bosniak men and youths in Srebrenica, targeted Bosniak and Croat political leaders, intellectuals and professionals, unlawfully deported and transferred civilians because of national or religious identity and destroyed homes, businesses and sacred sites. (ANI)

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