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20 May 2016
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Radovan Karadzic Lawyer Paid $1,000 a Day

Radosa Milutinovic BIRN BiH The Hague
The UN war crimes court pays around $1,000 a day to US lawyer Peter Robinson while he is working on former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic’s appeal against his conviction.
In a motion filed to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia on Friday asking for the Karadzic appeal application deadline to be extended for 90 days, Robinson revealed that he was being paid around $1,000 a day.

The court’s appeals chamber already extended the deadline once for 90 days because the verdict was so complex and ran to more than 2,500 pages.
Robinson said on Friday that the defence should get 90 more days because the Hague court has not allocated it enough funds.

“As a result the lawyer could not recruit, or hold anyone to help with the appeal. The amount the Registrar allocated for 90 days was $27,500, which covers 27.5 working days for one person,” Robinson said in the motion.

He explained that the allocation was $125 per working hour, or $1,000 per day.

Karadzic asked for a funding increase in March but did not receive a reply, Robinson added.

He suggested that this created an “inequality between defence and prosecution” because the prosecutors have a full team working on the appeal.
Karadzic was sentenced to 40 years in prison for crimes against humanity including genocide by the Tribunal in March.

The former Bosnian Serb leader said last month that the verdict was “monstrous” and stated his intention to appeal and prove his innocence.
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