Bildt Rejects Karadzic’s Immunity Claim
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has rejected a claim that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic had made a deal that would grant him immunity from prosecution at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. News agency AP quotes a diplomat as saying Bildt was prepared to talk to Radovan Karadzic's lawyers about such a deal.
However, Swedish ambassador Hans Magnusson told the United Nations court, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt had no relevant information on the alleged deal. Karadzic claims to have made the deal to step down from power in return for immunity from prosecution. After the summer, Karadzic faces a trial on charges including genocide for masterminding Bosnian Serb atrocities throughout the Bosnian war between 1992 and 1995.
Carl Bildt was a European Union envoy to the Balkans and was appointed the international community's High Representative in Bosnia immediately after the war. He later was named a U.N. envoy for the Balkans. (ah)