U.S. official denies Karadzic account

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A member of the American team that negotiated to remove the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic from power in 1996 said that he was never promised immunity from prosecution as part of a deal to step down, contradicting several accounts cited in an article on Sunday in The New York Times.

Philip S. Goldberg, who was part of the team led by Richard C. Holbrooke, issued a statement saying that "at no time during the negotiations in Belgrade or elsewhere in the region was an immunity agreement made or contemplated."

The Times article reported that a new study published by Purdue University said that Mr. Karadzic had been promised that he would not be pursued by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague if he left politics.

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