30 Jun 2012

Genocide charge against Karadzic dropped

6:10 am on 30 June 2012

The International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia has acquitted Bosnian war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic of one of two charges of genocide.

Judges said the prosecutors had failed to prove Karadzic ordered the mass killing, expulsion and persecution of Muslims and Croats from Bosnian towns other than Srebrenica.

However, they rejected his arguments on Srebrenica, saying that the genocidal intent of the accused may be inferred from all the evidence.

Karadzic, 67, is accused of ordering atrocities during the Bosnian war in the 1990s. He denies 10 other charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Karadzic was discovered living under a false name in 2008, after nearly 13 years in hiding. The BBC reports his trial opened the following year, but has delayed several times since.