Dr. Karadzic’s Letter to the ICTY
As has been widely reported, Dr. Karadzic intends to boycott the start of his trial to protest the Tribunal’s refusal to give him the time he needs to adequately prepare for trial. I don’t know when the letter he submitted to the Tribunal will appear on the ICTY website, so I have made it available here:
Dr. Karadzic’s decision is deeply regrettable — but it’s also not difficult to understand, given the Tribunal’s constant efforts to undermine his ability to defend himself. I will be curious to see how the media covers the boycott. My guess is that, with the exception of the always-excellent Institute for War & Peace Reporting and the New York Times, the dominant narrative will be that Dr. Karadzic has proven himself to be another Milosevic — a narrative that will conveniently ignore the fact that he has been nothing but cooperative with the Tribunal to date.
P.S. In case there are still readers out there who are unaware of it, I am one of Dr. Karadzic’s legal advisers. So, as always, take what I say about the case with the requisite grain of salt.