3 March 2010
The slaughter of 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war was a myth staged to vilify the Serbs accused of their murder, former leader Radovan Karadzic claimed yesterday.
On the second day of his defence at the UN war crimes trial, he said genocide charges against him were riddled with false evidence. Prosecutors say Karadzic was the “supreme commander” of a campaign to kill or expel Muslims and Croats from eastern Bosnia and create an ethnically pure Serbian state.
He is charged with two counts of genocide and nine counts of murder, extermination, persecution, forced deportation and the seizing of 200 UN hostages. During seven hours stretched over two days, Karadzic gave a uniquely Serb view of events.