Karadzic says he should be praised


Radovan Karadzic
Radovan Karadzic smiles as he takes his seat at the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AP
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who is on trial over his role in some of the worst atrocities in Europe since the second world war, has begun his defence by saying that far from being accused, he should be praised for his efforts to promote peace.
Karadzic is one of a trio of Serb leaders brought to trial in The Hague for war crimes during the violent break up of Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1999, in which well over 100,000 people were killed and millions were displaced.
He is also charged with being behind the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995.
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