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Karadzic Refuses to Enter Plea


Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic refused to enter a plea during his first appearance before the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague Thursday.

Witnesses say Karadzic politely answered Judge Alphons Orie's questions, as the judge read the charges -- 11 counts of genocide and crimes against humanity. Karadzic waived his right to a court-appointed attorney. He said he will defend himself and he demanded another 30 days to study the charges before entering a plea.

Karadzic was quietly cooperative during his first day in court. But his temper flared when he tried to speak of what he called "irregularities" surrounding his arrest. He claimed he was kidnapped and held for three days without rights before his arrest was announced.

Judge Orie cut off the defendant, saying this was not the time or place to make such complaints. The charges against Karadzic stem from his alleged attempts at ethnic cleansing of Muslims and Croats from Bosnia-Herzegovina during the war in the 1990s.

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