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Court delivers trial judgment on former Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic

March 24, 2016 - THE NETHERLANDS

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the Hague deliver its judgment on the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who was charged with committing offences including genocide in Bosnia's 1992-95 war. One of the highest ranking officials to be tried by the ICTY, he is expected to receive a life sentence.

The genocide charge relates to the slaughter, by Serb forces under the command of General Ratko Mladic, of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys. Mladic is also on trial at the Hague. Karadzic is further accused of orchestrating the shelling of Sarajevo and the use of 284 United Nations peacekeepers as human shields, in 1995.

Karadzic spent 13 years on the run before being arrested. The tribunal's first witness was heard on Apr 13, 2010 and closing arguments finished on Oct 7, 2014, according to ICTY records.

Since its establishment, the tribunal has indicted 161 people for serious violations of humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001.

Karadži? Trial Judgement To Be Rendered On 24 March 2016 (ICTY 18 Feb 2016)

UN Prosecutors Seeking Maximum Penalty for Karadzic (VOA 29 Sep 2014)

Date written/update: 2016-02-23