Bosnian Serb leader appeals 40-year sentence for Srebrenica genocide 

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Friday appealed his 40-year prison sentence after being found guilty of genocide by a UN international criminal court in The Hague.

In the appeal, Karadicz argues that he did not receive a fair trial and is seeking acquittal or a new trial. The prosecution also filed an appeal on Friday seeking a life sentence for the 71-year-old.

Karadzic was sentenced in March after the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled that he was responsible for a campaign of terror with the aim of ethnically cleansing a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1992-95 war by pitting Orthodox Serbs against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats.

The campaign included the relentless shelling and sniping of Sarajevo, attacks on other towns and - in what is usually described as the worst atrocity in Europe since the Holocaust - the 1995 genocide at Srebrenica, where forces under Karadzic's command executed around 8,000 Bosniak boys and men.

Last update: Fri, 22/07/2016 - 17:24
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