UN Court Orders Monitoring of Radovan Karadzic’s Calls


The registrar’s office at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals has said that it will listen in on Radovan Karadzic’s telephone calls for several days because he addressed a public debate in Montenegro by phone from the UN Detention Unit in the Netherlands. The registrar’s decision said that the commanding officer of the Detention Unit had not given Karadzic permission to use its communication facilities “to publicly spread information in any form.”

Karadzic, who was convicted of genocide and other wartime crimes in March, addressed a public discussion in Podgorica, where Momcilo Krajisnik, also convicted of war crimes, was a guest speaker. Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic was sanctioned for a similar incident last November, when he phoned in to take part in a live broadcast on a Serbian television station. The court ruled that Mladic’s telephone calls should be monitored for a month.

Karadzic was sentenced to life in prison for the genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica, terrorizing the civilian population of Sarajevo with a long-running campaign of shelling and sniper attacks, the persecution and extermination of Bosniaks and Croats in 20 municipalities across the country, and taking UN peacekeepers hostage.

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