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ICTY enters not guilty plea for accused Bosnian Serb war criminal

[JURIST] Judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of Bosnian Serb war crimes indictee Zdravko Tolimir [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF] Tuesday, after Tolimir refused to enter a plea for the second time since his initial appearance before the ICTY on June 4. Tolimir, charged [indictment, PDF] with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, and various other crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive], is challenging the legality of his arrest [JURIST report] and has accused the ICTY of barring him from obtaining his preferred counsel. ICTY prosecutors have objected to Tolimir's selection because that lawyer is currently representing another defendant.

Tolimir was extradited to The Hague [JURIST report] in June after being arrested by Bosnian police. Four of the 161 suspects indicted by the ICTY remain fugitives, including Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case backgrounder; BBC profile]. The ICTY is expected to finish its work by 2010. AP has more.

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