Former Bosnian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzic Gets 40-Year Sentence for War Crimes and Genocide

The Butcher of Bosnia. Photo: Michael Kooren/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations tribunal in the Hague has found former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic guilty of 10 out of 11 charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, and handed him a sentence of 40 years in prison. Karadzic, known as the “Butcher of Bosnia,” was ruled to be the architect of some of the worst atrocities during the bloody Balkans war that left more than 100,000 people dead, among them the almost four-year siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. The 70-year-old’s trial lasted more than five years and was overseen by the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. It is arguably the most significant war-crime trial since Nuremberg. 

Radovan Karadzic Jailed 40 Years Over Genocide