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Karadzic will appear before tribunal

July 31 2008

On Thursday at 18.00 GMT on Wednesday, delivered to the prison in The Hague, the UN former president of Republika Srpska Radovan Karadzic was first brought before the judges of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to admit guilt or deny the charges against him. According to the decree the President of ICTY Fausto Pocar, accusing the former leader of Bosnian Serbs formally to present a Dutch judge Alfons Orie.

If Karadzic pleads guilty, judges will determine the ICTY for his punishment. In the case of Karadzic's rejection of guilt on at least one of the 11 paragraphs issued against him by the Tribunal in 1995 and completed in 2000, the indictment on him to trial. The judge indicted on each item separately, and Karadzic will have to respond to each charge. The accused has the right to reply immediately, but within 30 days. About this wish he could tell during his first appearance before a judge. If the accused refuses to answer the charges against him, in the minutes of the meeting recorded that he rejects them.

At the beginning of the meeting Judge Orie also ask Karadzic to confirm his own personality, ask him if he had health complaints and conditions in prison in The Hague, the UN, explaining the law, including the right to protection. Karadzic will be asked to appoint a lawyer or to choose a lawyer from a list proposed by the ICTY. According to rules of the tribunal, the accused has the right to decide to defend himself at trial, but this right is not absolute, and judges may deny it, RIA News .

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