First appearance of Radovan Karadzic confirms theatrics will not be absent from former leader’s trial

 By Mel O’Brien

Karadžiæ waives right to counsel and accuses Richard Holbrooke of wanting him dead; Prosecution aims to amend indictment

The initial appearance of Radovan Karadžiæ was as theatrical as could be expected. David Crane has written that the reason war crimes suspects choose to defend themselves in court is for reasons of control, politics and disruption. It certainly doesn’t seem to be any different with Karadžiæ, as his first appearance clearly shows he has no knowledge of legal procedure.

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