May 26 09, ABC News
Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic has filed what he claimed was evidence of an immunity deal struck with a top US diplomat and asked a war crimes court to dismiss the case against him.
In a motion before the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Karadzic claimed to have witnesses to Richard Holbrooke’s promise of immunity in return for his disappearing from the public eye.
“The indictment should be dismissed, or the proceedings should be stayed, so that the hands of the tribunal are not stained with Holbrooke’s deception,” he said in a motion before the ICTY.
“Dr Karadzic honoured his part of the agreement. He now seeks to require the tribunal to honour Holbrooke’s part.”
Karadzic claims Mr Holbrooke, now US President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, made the undertaking with the authority of the UN Security Council.
The council is the parent body of tribunal, based in The Hague, that will try him on 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.
Karadzic’s legal adviser Peter Robinson told journalists in The Hague there were two direct witnesses to the pact Holbrooke allegedly made at a meeting, which his client did not attend, in Belgrade on July 18 and 19, 1996.