Former wartime Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic to serve UK prison sentence

Former wartime Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic to serve UK prison sentence

LONDON – Britain said on Wednesday it had agreed that former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic, convicted of war crimes during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, should be transferred to a British prison to serve the rest of his sentence.

Karadzic, 75, was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2016 after being convicted of genocide for the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995 of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces. In 2019, UN judges in The Hague extended the prison sentence to life imprisonment.

“Radovan Karadzic is one of the few people to have been convicted of genocide. He was responsible for the slaughter of men, women and children during the Srebrenica genocide and helped continue the siege of Sarajevo with its attacks ruthless against civilians, ”said the Briton. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.

“We must be proud of the fact that, from British support to secure his arrest, to the prison cell he faces, Britain has backed the 30-year pursuit of justice for these heinous crimes,” a- he said in a statement.

Besides genocide, Karadzic was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the 44-month Serbian siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and for overseeing an ethnic cleansing campaign that drove Croats and Muslims out of the country. areas of Bosnia claimed by the Serbs.

In hiding for more than a decade after the war, he was arrested and handed over to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in July 2008. After his conviction, he was held in The Hague Tribunal detention center. .