GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was acquitted Thursday 28 June of one charge of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal, but all other 10 war crime and genocide charges against him stand.
Karadzic, who lead the Bosnian Serb government during the three years of the war in Bosnia beginning in 1992, had attempted to have all 11 charges dropped against him.
Judges at the UN court in the Hague argued that there was not enough evidence to show that killings in 1992 by Bosnian Serb forces in Bosnian villages were carried out with genocidal intent. Motions by the defense to dismiss accusations of genocide in Srebrenica, where more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in 1994, were rejected.
Karadzic has been defending himself in the trial, which began in 2009, a year after his arrest. For 13 years, Karadzic had remained at large, following his indictment by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.