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Mladic Refuses To Testify In Karadzic's Defense


Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic at his trial in The Hague in mid-November

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic at his trial in The Hague in mid-November

Former Bosnian Serb military commander General Ratko Mladic has refused to testify as a witness for his former political counterpart, Radovan Karadzic, at the UN's Yugoslav war crimes court near The Hague.

Mladic declared the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia a "satanic court" before saying he was too ill to testify and did not want to "prejudice my own case."

The two men are the alleged masterminds of Bosnian Serb atrocities during the Bosnian war of 1992-95, including the killing of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.

They are being tried separately for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

Mladic initially said he would testify if his dentures were brought from his jail cell.

But after they were retrieved, he refused several requests to answer questions.

Both Karadzic and Mladic insist they are innocent.

Based on reporting AFP, AP, and Reuters
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