The UN International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday is expected to rule on former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic's role in a genocide case.
Karadzic, 70, is charged with being the most responsible person for crimes such as the genocide at the town of Srebrenica in 1995 and 44 months of shelling and sniping of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
Serb forces under Karadzic's command killed around 8,000 boys and men at Srebrenica in July 1995. More than 10,000 were killed in Sarajevo during the war.
ICTY chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz described Karadzic’s trial as the most important in the tribunal’s 23-year history.
The United Nations established the court to try the most important war crimes committed during the violent disintegration of the former Yugoslavia from 1991 until 2001.