Lifelong imprisonment for Bosnian Serb war criminal Karadzic

The Bosnian-Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic (73) is Wednesday by the UN court in The Hague, sentenced to life imprisonment. This happened in the appeal.

Karadzic was in 2016 after a five-year process and sentenced to forty years in prison for his role in ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, then still part of Yugoslavia.

So were the judges, the man guilty of genocide around the enclave of Srebrenica, where in 1995 more than eight thousand muslim men were executed.

Karadizic was the political leader of ethnic Serbs, who wanted to prevent Bosnia and Herzegovina as independent from Yugoslavia. They feared there as a minority to be dominated by Bosnian muslims.

Both parties were in higher appeal against the judgment of the Joegoslaviëtribunaal, that by the end of 2017 the doors closed. The defense argued for an acquittal, while prosecutors a lifelong imprisonment demanded.

The judges have the punishment of Karadzic reinforced, because who in their eyes was mild, in the light of his crimes and the great responsibility that in 1995 he had. There can be no objection be made against the new verdict.


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