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Karadzic warned to get a move on

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in The Hague, 29/08/08
Radovan Karadzic has opted to defend himself

A judge at The Hague has reprimanded the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, and the prosecutors bringing him to trial, for slow progress.

At a pre-trial hearing, Judge Iain Bonomy rejected Mr Karadzic's complaint that the process was going too fast.

The judge said the proceedings had gone virtually nowhere since the last hearing in July.

Mr Karadzic denies charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian war of 1992-95.

He has chosen to defend himself, but complained he had not yet assembled a legal team to advise him.

"I don't have the necessary resources, I don't have a defence team," Mr Karadzic said.

"With the speed with which matters are proceeding... I am afraid that I will be in an even less equal position and I'd like you to be aware of that."

However, Judge Bonomy rejected his argument, saying it was because of his decision to run his own defence that he was not able to keep up.

"It's your own choice, as you know very well, that you should represent yourself and I'm afraid that carries particular problems which you have been told about repeatedly," the judge said.

Correspondents say the judge is anxious not to let Mr Karadzic emulate the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, who dragged his genocide trial out for four years before he died of a heart attack in 2006.

The judge also expressed his anger at the prosecution, which was unable to present details of several documents that had not yet been sent to Mr Karadzic.


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