70-year-old Psychiatrist War Criminal Gets 40 Years
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A United Nations court sentenced former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to 40 years in prison for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the Bosnian war in the 1990s. He will appeal the ruling.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Thursday found Mr. Karadzic guilty on 10 of the 11 counts, including genocide for the Srebrenica massacre and criminal responsibility for the shelling of Sarajevo, during a nearly four-year siege on the city. He is the highest-ranking official the court has convicted since its creation in 1993.
“These are among the most egregious of crimes in international criminal law and include extermination as a crime against humanity and genocide,” said Judge O-Gon Kwon who read the sentence in The Hague.
Mr. Karadzic was convicted of genocide for his role in the execution of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in July 1995, in what has been called the worst case of mass murder in Europe since World War II.
“The chamber finds that the accused shared the extended common purpose of killing the Bosnian Muslim males of Srebrenica and that he significantly contributed to it,” Mr. Kwon said.
The 70-year-old former psychiatrist was also found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes in connection to the siege of Sarajevo between May 1992 and October 1995, the longest in modern European history.
Mr. Kwon said Mr. Karadzic was criminally responsible for the operation that deliberately shelled and sniped at civilians in Sarajevo. “The chamber is convinced that the [Serb forces] conducted this to terrorize civilians,” killing and injuring thousands of people, the judge he said. “All civilians experienced extreme fear and great hardship.”
In a statement accompanying the verdict, the tribunal said Mr. Karadzic “was at the forefront of developing the ideology and policies which led to the creation of a largely ethnically homogeneous Bosnian Serb state through the commission of crimes.”
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