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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Karadzic appealed imposition of court appointed lawyer

On January 20, 2010, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic filed an appeal with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) challenging the imposition of a court-appointed lawyer. Karadzic argued that the trial court erred by not allowing him to choose standby counsel in violation of his right to "legal assistance of his own choosing" under Article 21(4)(d) of the Statute of the ICTY and the Appeals Chamber ruling in Prosecutor v. Seselj. Karadzic alleged that by not removing the court-appointed counsel, the trial chamber sanctioned the "unreasonable and arbitrary selection procedure which resulted in the exclusion of all lawyers from the Balkans" and the "imposition of a lawyer on the accused that the accused did not want and cannot trust."

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