Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic jailed for Srebrenica genocide

    Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic jailed for Srebrenica genocide

    March 24, Sarajevo: Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic sentenced to jail for 40 years. He has been convicted of genocide and war crimes over the 1992-95 war.

    UN judges in The Hague found him guilty of 10 of 11 charges, including genocide over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

    Karadzic, 70, is the most senior political figure to face judgement over the violent collapse of Yugoslavia, reports said.

    His case is being seen as one of the most important war crimes trials since World War Two, BBC reported.

    He had denied the charges, saying that any atrocities committed were the actions of rogue individuals, not the forces under his command.

    The trial, in which he represented himself, lasted eight years. He was found guilty of the second count relating to Srebrenica, where Bosnian Serb forces massacred more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.

    At least 100,000 people in total died during fighting in the the Bosnian war. The conflict lasted nearly four years before a US-brokered peace deal brought it to an end in 1995.

    The Oslo Times


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