- Former Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was sentenced to life imprisonment before the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
- In 2016, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison at first instance.
- Karadžić is considered as the main political responsible for the genocide of Srebrenica in the summer of 1995.
More than 20 years after the genocide in Srebrenica, the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague has appealed against former Serb leader Radovan Karadžić. Karadžić has to go to prison for life.
The now 73-year-old Karadžić was sentenced in 2016 to 40 years in prison at first instance. He was charged with a thousand murders, persecution and forced evictions by Bosnian Muslims.
Karadžić is considered the main political figure responsible for the genocide of Srebrenica in the summer of 1995. During the Balkan war, Serb units under General Ratko Mladić had overrun the UN protection zone and murdered more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys. Karadžić was also responsible for the years-long siege of the city of Sarajevo, which cost the lives of thousands of civilians, according to the UN Tribunal.
Karadžić has always denied responsibility for the charges against him and demanded an acquittal. In 2018 he appealed against his conviction. The trial against him was politically motivated. He was convicted of "jokes and rumors". On the other hand, the prosecution did not go far enough for the indictment: it demanded a life sentence for Karadžić.
Since 1996, Karadžić had been sought with an international arrest warrant, but he was discovered and imprisoned only twelve years later. Until 2008 he lived under false identity in the underground. During this time he practiced as an alternative physician in Belgrade.