Hague Rejects Karadzic’s Plea to Reconsider Denial of Appeal


The UN court in The Hague has rejected a request from former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic to reconsider a decision refusing him an appeal against the final sentence convicting him of genocide and other wartime crimes. The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals on Wednesday denied Radovan Karadzic’s motion for an appeal chamber to be appointed at the Hague court to decide on his request to review a previous decision that rejected his appeal against the final verdict in his trial sentencing him to life in prison.

In March this year, the Hague court sentenced Karadzic to life in prison in the final verdict after he appealed against his first-instance conviction. He was found guilty of 1995 genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica, terrorising the civilian population of Sarajevo with a long-running campaign of shelling and sniper attacks, the persecution and extermination of Bosniaks and Croats in 20 municipalities across the country, and taking UN peacekeepers hostage.

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