Radovan Karadzic trial begins in The Hague

  • The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is underway in The Hague.

    The 67-year-old began the first day of his defence by denying the charges and saying he should instead be rewarded for reducing suffering.

    He told the court that he was a "tolerant man" who had sought peace.

    Karadzic was arrested in Belgrade in 2008 after nearly 13 years on the run.

    He faces 10 charges of genocide war crimes and crimes against humanity during the war in the 1990s, which includes the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica.

    More than 7,000 Bosniak men and boys were killed at Srebrenica

    He is also being prosecuted over the 44-month siege of Sarajevo, in which more than 12,000 civilians were killed.