: Radovan Karadzic sentenced to 40 years in jail
Crime09:52 Mar. 25, 2016

Radovan Karadzic sentenced to 40 years in jail

Former Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic found guilty of Srebrenica genocide

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been sentenced to 40 years in jail.

The judges of the United Nations found Karadzic guilty of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and nine other war crimes charges. Karadzic is the most senior political figure ever to be convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

The judges said Karadzic was criminally responsible for the siege of Sarajevo and had committed crimes against humanity in Bosnian towns. They said he had intended to eliminate the Bosnian Muslim males in the town of Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslims died in Europe's worst war crime since World War Two.

"Accordingly, the chamber finds that the only reasonable inference available on such evidence is that the accused shared with [Ratko] Mladic, [Ljubisa] Beara and [Vujadin] Popovic the intent that every able-bodied Bosnian Muslim male from Srebrenica be killed, which the chamber finds amounts to the intent to destroy the Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica as such. The chamber finds that the accused knew or had reason to know that crimes had been committed by his subordinates in the aftermath of the fall of the Srebrenica enclave and that he failed in his duty as supreme commander to take necessary and reasonable measures to punish the commission of genocide, murder, extermination and killings as an underlying act of persecution."

Karadzic was arrested in 2008 after 11 years on the run, following a war in which 100,000 dead as rival armies carved up Bosnia along ethnic lines. His sentence will be reduced by slightly more than 7 years for time already spent in detention. It will be served in an as yet undetermined state prison. Zaradzic, now 70-years-old, is expected to appeal, however that process could take several more years.

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