- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (AP) - Radovan Karadzic accused U.N. prosecutors Thursday of terrorizing his family and friends in Bosnia as they search for evidence in his genocide case.

In an important step toward starting the case, presiding judge Iain Bonomy ordered prosecutors at the pretrial hearing to file by May 18 a document outlining the evidence, witnesses and exhibits they intend to present against the former Bosnian Serb leader.

Karadzic’s trial at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal is expected to start later this year, although no date has been set. Karadzic, who is conducting his own defense at the U.N. court, said he was keen for the trial to get under way “as soon as possible.”

But moments later he signaled he would try to drag out the case by calling into question every piece of information prosecutors intend to use at trial.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys sometimes shorten trials by agreeing beforehand to accept evidence that has already been proven at other trials and that is not directly linked to a defendant’s guilt or innocence.

But Karadzic said that would not happen in his case.

“Everything is going to be challenged,” he said, excepting only the weather. “If they say it was sunny, I will not challenge that,” he said.

He asked the judges to order prosecutors to stop searching the homes of his friends and relatives. He said the searches are intimidating his family and jeopardizing his defense.

“They do not have the right to barge into people’s homes to collect documents they might use against me,” Karadzic said.

“I do not get nervous easily, but they are causing me pain by terrorizing my family and friends,” he added.

Prosecutors did not react to the accusations and Bonomy said it was not immediately apparent that prosecutors were doing anything wrong.

“What you said does not contain any specific complaint of misconduct we can take action on,” the judge said.

Karadzic said he would outline his allegations in a written motion.

He is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for allegedly masterminding Bosnian Serb atrocities throughout the 1992-95 Bosnian war. The atrocities involved ranged from ethnic cleansing campaigns to the siege of Sarajevo and culminated in the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in the eastern enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.

He was arrested last July on a Belgrade bus while disguised as a bearded new age healer who called himself Dr. Dragan Dabic.

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