Karadzic given 40 years jail for genocide
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been sentenced to 40 years in jail after being found guilty of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and of nine other war crimes charges.
Karadzic, 70, the most senior political figure to be convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, was found guilty of 10 out of 11 war charges.
He was acquitted of a second count of genocide in various towns across Bosnia during the war of the 1990s.
The judges said Karadzic was criminally responsible for the siege of Sarajevo and committed crimes against humanity in Bosnian towns.
They found he intended to eliminate the Bosnian Muslim males of Srebrenica, where 8000 Muslims died in Europe’s worst war crime since World War II.
Presiding judge O-Gon Kwon said the three-year Sarajevo siege, during which the city was shelled and sniped at by Bosnian Serb forces, could not have happened without Karadzic’s support.
Karadzic was arrested in 2008 after 11 years on the run, following a war which killed 100,000 people as rival armies carved Bosnia along ethnic lines that largely survive today.
He headed the self-styled Bosnian Serb Republic and was Supreme Commander of its armed forces.
The only more senior official to face the tribunal was late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, who died in custody before a verdict was reached.
Ratko Mladic, the general who commanded Bosnian Serb forces, was the last suspect to be detained over the Srebrenica slaughter and is awaiting judgment.
Serbia’s government is complaining that the UN war crimes tribunal is biased against Serbs, although it says it won’t comment on the genocide conviction against wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.
The government said in a statement on Friday that the work of the war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia has left a “bitter taste because orchestrators of the policies of crimes against Serbs have been punished in almost no way.”
“The justice that punishes members of one nation for the crimes that everybody committed is in fact selective,” the Serbian government said.
“Each crime should be punished as well as each individual who took part in it.”
“They found he intended to eliminate the Bosnian Muslim males of Srebrenica, where 8000 Muslims died in Europe’s worst war crime since World War II.”
did the UN get tried as well for sitting on their hands?
good riddance in the end..he will die in jail..