The FINANCIAL — According to RIA Novosti, the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, accused of war crimes and genocide dating from the 1992-95 Bosnian war, will resume on March 1 after a four-month suspension.
The trial, which started on October 26, 2009, was postponed in early November until March 1, 2010, due to Karadzic's refusal to attend court sessions.
Karadzic, who had previously stated he would defend himself at the trial, claimed he needed at least 10 more months to prepare his defense rather than the three and a half months given by the court.
On November 5, the Hague Tribunal appointed a lawyer for Karadzic. If the suspected criminal boycotts the March 1 court session, Briton Richard Harvey will defend him.
Prosecutors earlier urged the judges not to allow Karadzic to deliberately hold up the trial, arguing that he had 15 months to prepare for the trial and should have been ready for court proceedings to begin.
Karadzic, 64, was arrested last year after he had spent over 12 years in hiding. The crimes he is accused of include the massacre of some 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.
Karadzic insists he is innocent of all charges brought against him.