UN: Sentence of Karadzic increased to life for Bosnia Genocide

The judges of United Nations, have passed orders against the former Serb Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic. His sentence of 40 years has been further increased to life in prison for committing genocide and war crimes. It was in 2016 that the 73 years old Karadzic was awarded a sentence for the 1995 July Srebrenica massacre of over 8000 boys and men by Bosnian Serb forces. Karadzic was declared guilty of carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing which had driven Croats and Muslims from the areas of Bosnia which had been claimed by Serbs.

A whole panel of judges imposed a life sentence of life imprisonment after rejection of the Karadzic’s appeal which he had submitted against his original sentence of 2016. Vagn Joensen, the head judge stated that “the judges at the original trial had underestimated the extreme gravity of Karadzic’s responsibility for the most grave crimes committed during the period of conflict, noted for their sheer scale and systematic cruelty”.

The verdict has brought to a close one of the most high-end cases of history which had stemmed from a series of wars in 1990s which had seen a bloody collapse of former Yugoslavia and death of at least 100,000 Bosnians. This case sounds as an end of road for Karadzic. Latter is the person of a highest rank to have faced a trial before UN tribunal. The decision was welcomed by the families of the victims who had been pleading for a life sentence for Karadzic. The families have said that all these years have been full of untold suffering. They had been highly worried of the fact that Karadzic will not be awarded life imprisonment as had been seen in other such cases before. Srebrenica had seen 8372 victims who had been slaughtered by Karadzic organised by Serb forces.

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