Radovan Karadzic has asked for a meeting with RS president Milorad Dodik, in order to persuade him to testify before the Tribunal. The accused is persistent about interviewing the former president of the Prijedor Crisis Staff, Milomir Stakic, who is currently serving his 40-year sentence in a prison in France

Radovan Karadzic in the courtroomRadovan Karadzic in the courtroom

In a letter sent to the incumbent Republika Srpska president Milorad Dodik, Radovan Karadzic has asked him to testify at his trial.

As Karadzic suggested, Dodik should set aside an ‘hour or two’ to meet with Peter Robinson, the legal advisor of the accused, on 11 June 2012. Karadzic is hoping Dodik would agree to testify in his case and assist him to prove that there was no joint criminal enterprise in Bosnia aimed at persecuting the Muslims from 1991 to 1995 in the area controlled by Republika Srpska.

According to Karadzic, as a member of the opposition in the Bosnian Serb assembly during wartime, Dodik is ‘particularly well suited’ to testify about the government’s goals during the war.

The accused has also informed the judges that despite the Trial Chamber’s invitation, France hasn’t yet responded to the defense’s request to interview Milomir Stakic, wartime president of the Crisis Staff in Prijedor. Stakic is in a French prison, serving his 40-year sentence for crimes in prison camps Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje in Prijedor in 1992.

Since French authorities have not contacted him yet, Karadzic has asked the relevant bodies in Paris to explain their actions and thus avert a subpoena that the Trial Chamber may issue to compel them to cooperate with the accused.