Karadzic Genocide Charge Reinstated on Srebrenica Anniversary

7/11/2013

The Hague Tribunal reinstated a genocide charge against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on the day the anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres was commemorated.

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, ruled on Thursday that the overturning of a charge accusing Karadzic of genocide in seven municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina was mistaken, and ordered the reinstatement of the charge.

Theodor Meron, the president of the ICTY and the appeals chamber, ruled that the first-instance verdict was wrong in determining that the systematic detention of Bosniaks and Croats in Bratunac, Foca, Kljuc, Prijedor, Sanski Most, Vlasenica and Zvornik did not demonstrate that the Bosnian Serbs intended to partially destroy these ethnic groups.

Meron also said that the evidence presented by the prosecution, if viewed in the most favourable light, could lead to the conclusion that Karadzic had a genocidal intention to eliminate some of the Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats.

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