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Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic sentenced to 40 years in jail

March 24, 17:48 UTC+3 THE HAGUE
The court has found Karadzic guilty of 10 of 11 charges, including genocide in the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica where more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were executed in 1995
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Radovan Karadzic

Radovan Karadzic

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THE HAGUE, March 24 /TASS/. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has found the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, guilty of violations of the laws and customs of war, Presiding Judge O-Gon Kwon said on Thursday.

According to him, Karadzic bears responsibility for murders, terror and illegal attacks on civilians during the siege of Sarajevo as well as for taking UN peacekeepers hostage with an aim to prevent NATO air strikes against the Bosnian Serb military targets.

The court has sentenced the former Bosnian Serb leader to 40 years in jail.

Presiding Judge O-Gon Kwon who announced the verdict on Thursday said the court had found Karadzic guilty of 10 of 11 charges, including genocide in the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica where more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were executed in 1995.

The former Bosnian Serb leader was acquitted on a charge of genocide, which, according to the prosecutors, had been committed in seven municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

Karadzic has the right to appeal against the ICTY verdict.

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