Published time: October 27, 2009 08:01
Edited time: March 21, 2010 01:46
For the second day in a row, Radovan Karadzic is boycotting court hearings in The Hague. The former Bosnian Serb leader is demanding more time to prepare for his trial.
Karadzic is charged with war crimes and genocide from the bloody 1990s conflict in the former Yugoslavia. He says the numbers of victims has been exaggerated, and accused the tribunal of being one-sided by bringing only Serbs to court.
In his home country, where he remains popular, many think the government should never have given him up in a bid for EU membership.
For more than a decade Radovan Karadzic eluded the authorities. Karadzic says he hid from the public following a bargain he struck in 1996 with senior US diplomat to the Balkans, Richard Holbrooke.
The former Serb leader said he was promised immunity from prosecution in exchange for keeping a low profile. The alleged text of the document was published last year in a Serbian newspaper.