Former Bosnian Serb chief Radovan Karadzic, sentenced to life for struggle crimes and genocide, will serve his sentence in a UK jail. AP Photograph
LONDON: Former Bosnian Serb chief Radovan Karadzic, sentenced to life for struggle crimes and genocide, will serve his sentence in a UK jail, the British authorities mentioned Wednesday.
Karadzic, one of many chief architects of the slaughter and devastation of Bosnia‘s 1992-95 struggle, was convicted by a United Nations court docket in 2016 of genocide, crimes in opposition to humanity and struggle crimes – for atrocities together with the bloodbath of 8,000 Muslim males and boys by Bosnian Serb troops at Srebrenica. He was sentenced to 40 years in jail, later elevated to life by appeals judges on the court docket in The Hague.
He’s at present within the court docket’s detention unit however shall be moved to an unspecified UK jail.
British Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned Karadzic “was accountable for the bloodbath of males, ladies and kids on the Srebrenica genocide and helped prosecute the siege of Sarajevo with its remorseless assaults on civilians.”
“We should always take pleasure in the truth that, from UK assist to safe his arrest, to the jail cell he now faces, Britain has supported the 30-year pursuit of justice for these heinous crimes,” Raab mentioned.
The battle in Bosnia was Europe’s bloodiest since World Battle II, leaving 100,000 lifeless and hundreds of thousands homeless.
Karadzic has all the time argued that the Bosnian Serb campaigns through the struggle, which included the bloody siege of the capital, Sarajevo, have been aimed toward defending Serbs.
After his indictment by the tribunal in The Hague, Karadzic remained at massive for years earlier than he was arrested in Serbia in 2008, disguised as a new-age therapist.
The Worldwide Prison Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague convicted scores of individuals concerned within the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, with the inmates despatched to a number of European nations to serve their sentences.