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Karadzic asks judges to dismiss his genocide case

Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic claimed he could not have foreseen the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica, in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered in a round of ethnic cleansing.

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FORMER BOSNIAN SERB political leader Radovan Karadzic has asked UN judges to dismiss his war crimes case halfway through the trial.

Prosecutors finished presenting evidence against Karadzic last month, and he is calling for dismissal of all or some charges before he presents a formal defence. Such requests are rarely granted.

“The prosecution has made a huge effort to try to make some kind of an indictment out of nothing,” he said Monday at the Yugoslav tribunal in The Hague. He claimed he could not have foreseen the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica, Bosnia.

Karadzic, 66, is charged with genocide at Srebrenica and a long list of other war crimes for allegedly orchestrating a bloody campaign by Bosnian Serb troops to eliminate Muslims and Croats from parts of Bosnia.

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