“Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has described the expulsion of Muslims and Croats in the 1990s as ‘myths,’ at the start of his war crimes appeal.

A UN tribunal in The Hague is hearing the two-day case.

Karadzic told judges his conviction was based on ‘jokes and rumours,’ and appealed on 50 grounds.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted Karadzic in March 2016.

In their original conviction, the judges ruled Karadzic and other leaders had an ‘organised and systematic pattern of crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats.'” (BBC News)