Radovan Karadzic to stand trial this month

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The former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic is to go on trial in The Hague later this month for his alleged role in directing war crimes during the Bosnian war.

Dr Karadzic, who was captured in Belgrade last year after more than a decade on the run, faces 11 charges including two counts of genocide for allegedly masterminding Serb atrocities throughout the conflict from 1992 to 1995.

The trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia begins on Monday October 26, and will be the court's most important since the abortive trial of the Serb nationalist leader Slobodan Milosevic.

Dr Karadzic, 64, is charged with orchestrating atrocities including the siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in which more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were rounded up and slaughtered by Serb forces.

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