An International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) trial chamber said on Thursday that it would deliver a verdict for former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic on March 24.
In its closing arguments in September 2014, the ICTY Prosecutor's Office asked for a life sentence for Karadzic, who was accused, among other things, of the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, and the shelling of Sarajevo during a 44-month-long siege in which close to 12,000 people were killed.
Under Karadzic's command and supervision, his subordinates and their associates expelled, killed, tortured and otherwise abused hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Croats, prosecutors said in their closing brief, adding that life imprisonment was the only appropriate sentence.
The one-time president of Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina's Serb entity, was arrested in July 2008 after 13 years of hiding and was extradited to the ICTY a week later. He was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity in Bosnia from 1992 to 1995. The ICTY indicted him in 1995.