'Karadzic to boycott start of war crimes trial'

`Karadzic to boycott start of war crimes trial` The Hague: Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic will boycott the start of his genocide trial in a UN court next week, his lawyer said today, possibly throwing the proceedings into disarray.

"I hereby inform you that my defence is not ready for my trial that is supposed to begin as scheduled, on the 26th of October, and that therefore I shall not appear before you on that date," Karadzic said in a submission to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The document was released by his legal adviser Peter Robinson.

Karadzic was set to go on trial next Monday on 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in Bosnia's inter-ethnic 1992-95 war that claimed an estimated 1,00,000 lives.

He is charged as one of the alleged authors of a plan to "permanently remove" Bosnian Muslims and Croats from Serb-claimed territory -- including for his role in the 44-month siege of Sarajevo that left 10,000 people dead and the July 1995 massacre of around 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.

Karadzic, who denies all the charges against him and plans to conduct his own defence, told the judges he was being denied adequate time to prepare a proper case.

Bureau Report