Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic has appealed the Oct. 19 start date for his war crimes trial, arguing that judges have not given him enough time to prepare, AP reported.
Karadzic, who was president of a breakaway republic of Bosnia in the early 1990s, faces 11 charges including genocide and crimes against humanity for allegedly masterminding atrocities by Bosnian Serb forces throughout the 1992-95 Bosnian war. He says he is innocent.
He said in an appeal filed Sept. 25 and released Monday that judges had not properly considered how much time he would need to prepare his case, especially cross-examining witnesses. Karadzic plans to defend himself in court as did his former political ally, Slobodan Milosevic. Milosevic died before his trial ended.