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