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Karadzic Asks Judges To Dismiss Genocide Charges

Radovan Karadzic in The Hague on June 11

Radovan Karadzic in The Hague on June 11

Former Bosnian Serb wartime political leader Radovan Karadzic has asked judges at his genocide trial to dismiss the charges against him.

Karadzic said that prosecutors had tried "to make some kind of an indictment out of nothing."

Under the rules of the United Nations war crimes tribunal at The Hague, defendants can seek acquittal after prosecutors finish presenting their case.

Such requests are rarely granted.

Prosecutors finished presenting evidence against Karadzic last month.

Karadzic is expected to start arguing his case in October.

He is charged with 11 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for his alleged role in orchestrating a violent campaign to eliminate non-Serbs from parts of Bosnia -- including the murder of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in July 1995.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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