Karadzic has sentence increased to life in prison

epa07450757 Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic enters the court room of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands, 20 March 2019. Nearly a quarter of a century since Bosnia's devastating war ended, Karadzic is set to hear the final judgment on whether he can be held criminally responsible for unleashing a wave of murder and destruction. United Nations appeals judges will on Wednesday rule whether to uphold or overturn Karadzic's 2016 convictions for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as his 40-year sentence. EPA-EFE/PETER DEJONG / POOL

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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic Wednesday had his sentence increased to life in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal.

The International Criminal Tribunal cast the final judgement on whether or not to overturn Karadzic’s 2016 guilty verdict of genocide, regarding the Bosnian war (1992 – 1995) in a trial which took 7 years to complete.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison as the 73-year-old was also found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He and his lawyers said prosecutors unfairly blackened his name and that Karadzic’s words were twisted during the seven-year trial and wanted to overturn the conviction.

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence and a second genocide conviction for his alleged role in a policy of targeting non-Serbs across Bosnia in the early years of the war.

Around 100,000 people died and millions became homeless during the war which resulted in the collapse of former Yugoslavia.

Radovan Karadzic was a former Bosnian Serb politician and convicted war criminal who served as the President of Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War and sought the unification of that entity with Serbia.

Karadzic went on the run for 12 years after he was initially indicted and was arrested in 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Karadzic is sometimes referred to in Western media as the “Butcher of Bosnia”.

 

Via Euronews

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