Serbia: Karadzic will appeal judgment

Friday, 25 March, 2016 - 17:00

Peter Robinson, a member of Radovan Karadzic’s legal team, said he would appeal the judgment of the Hague Tribunal which sentenced the first president of Republika Srpska to 40 years in prison for genocide and crimes in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), foreign news agencies reported.

Robinson told reporters Karadzic was disappointed and astonished because he was found guilty of orchestrating Serb crimes across BiH during the 1992-1995 war.

Karadzic was convicted of genocide against the Muslim population in the area of Srebrenica in 1995, crimes in Sarajevo, hostage-taking and a large number of war crimes in seven Bosnian municipalities.

Karadzic and the Hague Tribunal’s prosecution have the right to appeal the judgment.

Belgrade - The main square was lit up by flares, and pro-Russian chants filled the air. The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic had been convicted of the Srebrenica genocide but in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, on Thursday night, thousands gathered to praise the “butcher of Bosnia”.