RADOVAN Karadzic set out a defence strategy of denial yesterday by telling judges that the two atrocities for which he faces charges of genocide were in fact myths concocted by Muslims.
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In the eyes of the former Bosnian Serb leader the 44-month siege of Sarajevo – in which 10,000 people died – was staged, while the Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Muslims was exaggerated, with bodies brought in to swell the numbers of the dead.
Dr Karadzic, 64, faces 11 charges of war crimes arising from the conflict of 1992-95, including two of genocide at Sarajevo and Srebrenica. He won a minor victory at his trial in The Hague when the judges agreed to an indefinite adjournment rather than starting the prosecution case today, allowing Dr Karadzic more time to prepare.
“They shelled their own people and killed their own people with snipers,” he said of the Sarajevo siege in the second day of his opening remark.
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UN representatives knew about the tactic of “planting of bodies throughout Sarajevo with a view to accusing the Serb side for that,” he said. Showing the court a photograph of a shrine at Srebrenica engraved with the figure of 8,372 victims, he said that Muslim corpses had been brought from 100 kilometres away to augment the numbers. “What they created there is a place of worship. It is a myth again,” he said. “We know graves are being exhumed in Bosnia so that somebody could be buried in Srebrenica.”
During a rambling testimony he said that no more than 2000 or 3000 Bosnian Muslims could have been killed. “Of course the death of a single person is significant, but why exaggerate?”
Dr Karadzic attempted to portray himself as a man seeking the truth. “I want to establish the truth concerning Srebrenica. Let us see whether there was any unlawful killing, how did it happen and the extent of it, if any.”
He said that far from being the author of ethnic cleansing that history had painted him, he sought a multiethnic state and the Muslims were the main aggressors. “The Serbs’ hand was forced. We have to react to what they do otherwise we would go down the drain.”
The UN court has a high threshold for proving genocide and only one general, Radislav Krstic, has been convicted of the crime – for the killings at Srebrenica in 1995.