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Who is Radovan Karadzic?

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(Read caption) In this March 3, 2009 file photo, a security guard opens the suitcase of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic before his appearance at the Hague.

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Born: 1945, in Montenegro

Ethnicity: Bosnian Serb

Education: Sarajevo University of Medicine, Columbia University

Profession: Psychiatrist; First president of the Bosnian Serb government when Bosnia was recognized by the United Nations as an independent state in 1992.

Arrested: On a Belgrade bus in July 2008, posing as a bearded new age healer called “Dragan Dabic.”

Why is he in The Hague now? For charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia's 1992-95 war. Karadzic is accused of leading four years of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. He is allegedly co-responsible for the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in July 1995 in Srebrenica. He boycotted the opening day of his trial yesterday, saying he has not had enough time to prepare. The prosecution has prepared nearly a million pages of evidence against him.
Surname pronunciation: CAR-ah-djits (Listen here.)

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