Former leader Radovan Karadzic, sentenced to life, will serve his sentence in a prison in the United Kingdom. Karadzic is still stuck in Scheveningen. Hell be transferred as soon as possible.
He was convicted by the Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague. Initially, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison. The UN Court in The Hague, which dealt with the appeal, ruled in 2019 that the penalty was too low and disproportionate to the seriousness of the crimes committed under the regime of Karadzic. He got life.
In the ruling announcing the transfer to the United Kingdom, the court states that the British Government is prepared to oversee the punishment of Karadzic. “Radovan Karadzic is one of the few found guilty of genocide,” the British Foreign Minister Raab responds to the decision.
Karadzic was political leader of the Bosnian Serbs during the war in Bosnia in the 1990s and commander in chief of the armed forces. In this role, he was responsible for the genocide in Srebrenica in July 1995, killing more than 8000 Muslim men and boys by General Ratko Mladic and his troops.
Karadzic also played a crucial role in the Siege of Sarajevo, which lasted more than 3.5 years. That siege killed 12,000 people.
After the war, Karadzic managed to stay out of the hands of the Criminal Tribunal for many years. It was not until 2008 that he was arrested in the Serbian capital Belgrade. He had left a beard and pretended to be the alternative healer Dragan Dabic.