2016-03-24 18:41:00

Karadzic sentenced to 40 years for genocide

(Vatican Radio) Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was convicted of genocide and nine other charges at a U.N. court today and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal found Karadzic guilty of orchestrating Serb atrocities throughout Bosnia's 1990s war that left 100,000 people dead.

The court found him criminally responsible for genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, as well as for overseeing the deadly 44-month siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.

The top UN human rights official welcomed the verdict, saying it showed that that even powerful perpetrators of such crimes "must know that they will not escape justice".

Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein said in a statement that Karadzic’s trial "should give pause to leaders across Europe and elsewhere who seek to exploit nationalist sentiments and scapegoat minorities".

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