War criminal Radovan Karadzic transferred to England to serve life sentence

NEWS 27.05.2021 22:19
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Source: REUTERS/Yves Herman

Radovan Karadzic, a convicted war criminal and former top Bosnian Serb official has been transferred to a prison in England, defence team member Goran Petronijevic confirmed for the RTRS Thursday evening.

The defence has no information about where Karadzic currently is. He only contacted us upon landing to London, Petronijevic said.

Radovan Karadzic was sentenced by a UN tribunal to life in prison for genocide and other crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) confirmed earlier this month the decision on where he would serve his sentence was passed considering the agreement between the UN and the UK government on the enforcement of sentences of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from March 2004.

The former President of wartime Republika Srpska (RS), now a Serb-dominated semi-autonomous entity within Bosnia, was initially sentenced on March 24, 2016, to 40 years in prison by the now-closed ICTY. He was convicted of various crimes against humanity, including the ethnic cleansing of Bosniaks and Croats, the siege of Sarajevo, the Srebrenica genocide and taking the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) hostages during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Both Karadzic and the prosecution appealed the 2016 judgement but in March 2019 the IMRTC, the ICTY's legal successor, increased the sentence to life imprisonment.

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