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Radovan Karadzic Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison

24.03.2016 22:21

On Thursday, March 24 the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ITFY) sentenced the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to 40 years in prison. The prosecutor demanded to sentence him to life in prison.

Karadzic is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the war in Bosnia in 1992-95 on 11 accounts, including genocide, murder, unleashing a campaign of terror against civilians, persecution, deportation, inhumane acts, taking of hostages, infliction of serious physical and spiritual damage.

The leader of Bosnian Serbs was found guilty of organizing the siege of Sarajevo, during which 12 thousand people were killed, as well as the seizure as hostages of UN peacekeepers and using them as human shields. According to investigators, he is guilty of the murder of eight thousand Muslims in Srebrenica in July 1995.

Karadzic did not deny that during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992-95 such crimes were committed, but, he said, that he was not personally involved in them. So, speaking of the killings in Srebrenica, Karadzic assured that these atrocities were committed by the military, who didn't report on their actions to the command.

International Court of Justice in Hague qualifies the events in Srebrenica as genocide. However, the UN Security Council has not adopted a resolution in 2015, according to which what happened in Srebrenica was declared a genocide.