Jailed general cleared of contempt of court

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has acquitted a jailed Bosnian Serb army general of contempt of court, saying his post-traumatic stress disorder was a reasonable excuse for refusing to testify in the trial of his former commander-in-chief, Radovan Karadzic.

Gen. Radislav Krstic, who is serving a 35-year sentence for aiding and abetting genocide, was subpoenaed last year to testify at Karadzic’s long-running trial, but repeatedly refused to give evidence, citing ill health.

Presiding Judge Melville Baird said Thursday the “severity of the medical condition” and the possibility it could further deteriorate if Krstic were forced to testify “would amount to a reasonable excuse” for refusing to testify.

Karadzic remains on trial on charges including genocide and crimes against humanity.

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