UN war crimes court to unveil Karadzic verdict March 24
After seven years behind bars, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will finally learn next month whether judges have found him guilty of some of Europe’s worst atrocities since World War II. He will be the highest level official to be judged for crimes committed during the Balkan wars, after Slobodan Milosevic, the late Serbian president, died in 2006 while on trial.
Once one of the continent’s most wanted men, Karadzic evaded capture for 13 years after being indicted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the brutal ravages of the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991.
Karadzic was finally tracked down and arrested on a Belgrade bus in July 2008, pretending to be a New Age healer and practitioner of alternative medicine called Dragan Dabic. Now on March 24, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) will hand down a verdict after his marathon trial which opened in October 2009, presiding judge O-Gon Kwon said.
The complex trial was beset by delays due to Karadzic’s ill-health and dragged on as it heard from more than 585 witnesses called for both sides.
Karadzic is notably accused of genocide for his alleged role in the Srebrenica massacre. He has insisted he will be acquitted by the court, saying he was “a friend to the Muslims.”
He also faces charges related to the sniping and shelling committed during the 44-month-long siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, which ended in November 1995 by which time 10,000 people had died.
To Bosnian Croats and Muslims against whom he waged a campaign of what became known as “ethnic cleansing”, Karadzic is a monstrous megalomaniac responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people. Almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered and their bodies dumped in mass graves after Bosnian Serb forces overran the UN-protected enclave of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia in July 1995. But for many Serbs, Karadzic was a hero of the 1992-1995 war that followed Bosnia’s independence from the Yugoslav federation, a man who stood up to age-old enemies and great powers.
However, Karadzic, along Milosevic and Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, acted together to “cleanse” Bosnia’s Muslims and Croats from Serb-claimed territories after the collapse of Yugoslavia, the prosecution has claimed.
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