KARADZIC AGAINST TOMASICA EVIDENCE
Former Republika Srpska president has urged the Trial Chamber to reject the prosecution’s motion to re-open its case in order to call evidence on the mass grave in the Tomasica mine near Prijedor. Karadzic has not opposed the prosecution’s motion seeking leave to rebut some of the defense’s evidence on the crimes in five BH municipalities
Although Radovan Karadzic is ‘aware of the importance’ of the discovery of the mass grave in the Tomasica mine near Prijedor, he nevertheless opposesthe prosecution’s motion to call evidence about it now, at his trial. Today Karadzic submitted his motion to Judge Kwon's Trial Chamber, opposing the prosecution’s motion to be allowed to re-open its case and present the testimony of several experts and the evidence on the exhumation and identification of the bodies from Tomasica.
Explaining the reasons for his opposition, Karadzic said the investigation of the mass grave discovered in September 2013 was still ‘incomplete’. Three of the five witnesses the prosecution intends to call aren’t ready yet, the identification of the bodies ‘is only partially finished’ and the report on the causes of death of the recovered bodies hasn’t yet been drafted, Karadzic explained. This is why, as Karadzic notes in his motion, the ‘nature and scope of the correlation’ of evidence from Tomasica and the criminal responsibility of the accused ‘remain inconclusive’.
Karadzic has also raised the issue of whether the prosecution had in fact had at its disposal the Tomasica evidence during the presentation of its case. Under the Tribunal’s rules, that would prevent the prosecution from presenting the evidence now. As Karadzic also notes in his motion, the prosecution had been aware at an earlier stage that some bodies were buried in Tomasica, that some bodies were found there between 2004 and 2006, and that the remains of the bodies that had been buried in Tomasica and then dug up were found in the Jakarina Potok mass grave. Because of purported omissions in the prosecution’s disclosure of evidence, Karadzic now cannot be certain if the prosecution had had some information about that mass grave before September 2013.
The only thing that can safely be said, the defense argues, is that 62 bodies exhumed in Tomasica were identified after the prosecution had rested its case. It is still unclear how those victims died, whether ‘in combat or in detention’ and if they were victims of the crimes Karadzic is charged with.
For all those reasons, the defense opposes the re-opening of the prosecution’s case as long as the investigation of the Tomasica grave remains incomplete, and until the prosecution has fulfilled its obligation to disclose the evidence it has related to the grave.
In a separate motion Karadzic stated that he didn’t oppose the prosecution’s second motion seeking leave to rebut the defense’s evidence on the adjudicated facts pertaining to the municipalities of Bijeljina, Bratunac, Foca, Kljuc and Prijedor in the next stage of the trial. The defense’s only condition is that the first prosecution’s witnesses should begin their evidence 30 days after the prosecution has disclosed all the materials.
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