Radovan ‪Karadžić and Ratko Mladić, who is also indicted for war crimes and genocide, during the Yugoslav war. Photo: AP, obtained at flickr.com by The Advocacy Project under CC license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Justice, After All

The Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT) has set right the injustice its predecessor, the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) created with its original verdict against Radovan Karadžić. Upholding the verdict of Guilty, it extended the sentence against the former President of Republika Srpska in Bosnia to Life in Prison.

Finally, there is at least symbolic justice for the tens of thousands of victims of Serb militia and the Army of Republika Srpska during the war in Bosnia.

Today, the UN court MICT issued its final verdict on former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan ‪Karadžić, following an appeal by his attorneys.

The court upheld the original verdict of guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and genocide by ICTY.

While ‪Karadžić had just been sentenced to 40 years in prison originally, the court now extended his sentence to Life in Prison.

Not just many Bosnjaks think that this is what he deserves.

During the war in Bosnia, in whose outbreak Karadžić played a major role, 100.000 people were killed, mainly Muslim civilians.

Most of the war crimes were comitted by Serb militia or the Army of Republika Srpska, the Serb statelet that had declared indepence from Bosnia and whose first President Karadžić was.

Those crimes include systematic rape, torture and so called ethnic cleansing, culminating in the genocide of Srebrenica where 8.000 Muslim men and boys were killed.

Title photo: Radovan ‪Karadžić and Ratko Mladić Photo: (c) AP, obtained at flickr.com by The Advocacy Project under CC license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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