Radovan Karadzic

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'Butcher of Bosnia' Gets 40 Years for Genocide

Radovan Karadzic also guilty of war crimes

(Newser) - A UN tribunal has found Radovan Karadzic, aka the "Butcher of Bosnia," guilty of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and sentenced the 70-year-old to 40 years in prison. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia found the former Bosnian Serb leader "criminally responsible" for... More »

Acquittal Reversed, Karadzic Faces Genocide Charge

UN court reinstates charge

(Newser) - Appeals judges at the United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal have reinstated a genocide charge against Radovan Karadzic linked to a campaign of killing and mistreating non-Serbs at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. Today's decision reversed the former Bosnian Serb leader's acquittal last year on... More »

Karadzic: I Should Be Rewarded

Trial begins for alleged mastermind of Srebrenica massacre

(Newser) - Radovan Karadzic's trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity began today in the Hague, but the former Bosnian Serb leader insisted in his 90-minute opening statement that rather than being punished for what happened during the war, "I should be rewarded for all the good things... More »

Hague Acquits Karadzic of 1 Genocide Count

But refuses to drop 10 more charges as war crimes trial goes on

(Newser) - The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one of the two genocide charges he faces at the halfway stage of his long-running trial. Judges say prosecutors did not present enough evidence to support the genocide count covering mass killings, expulsions, and persecution by... More »

Defiant Karadzic Defends 'Holy' Bosnian War

Former Serb leader rejects genocide accusations as trial resumes

(Newser) - A defiant Radovan Karadzic described the Serb cause as "just and holy" as he opened his defense at his genocide trial yesterday. The former Bosnian Serb leader, on trial over the deaths of 100,000 Muslims and Croats during the conflict in the 1990s, said the Serbs were acting... More »

Karadzic to Appear at Genocide Trial, Seeks Delay

Prosecutor: Serb's only regret was that some survived Srebrenica

(Newser) - Radovan Karadzic will show his face at his war crimes trial for the first time since it began last week—but only to request more time to prepare his defense in the 1995 indictment, Reuters reports. A hearing today will address how to proceed if the former Bosnian Serb leader,... More »

Karadzic Caught Discussing Genocide on Wiretap

Prosecutors reveal tape as Bosnian leader's trial goes on without him

(Newser) - Radovan Karadzic was caught on tape ordering the slaughter at Zepa and Srebenica, prosecutors revealed today at the war crimes trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader. “It will be a black cauldron,” Karadzic says on the tape, “where 300,000 Muslims will die.” But prosecutor... More »

Karadzic Refuses to Leave Cell for Trial

Proceedings halted as alleged war criminal boycotts

(Newser) - The long-awaited trial of Radovan Karadzic was halted just 15 minutes after opening because the former Bosnian Serb leader refused to leave his cell and attend the proceedings. Although prosecutors in The Hague asked the judges to continue in his absence, the presiding magistrate suspended the proceedings until tomorrow. The... More »

Karadzic to Boycott Bosnia Genocide Trial

Hague tribunal will open in his absence

(Newser) - Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader arrested last year after more than a decade in hiding, will boycott his trial for genocide and other crimes next week. The trial at the international court in The Hague will begin Monday in Karadzic's absence, an official says. Prosecutors are expecting they'll need... More »

Fugitive War Criminal May Be Living Freely

Bosnian TV purports to show Ratko Mladic at wedding, out with family

(Newser) - Bosnian television has aired what it calls footage of Ratko Mladic, the notorious Serbian war criminal on the lam since 1995, including a video it says was filmed last winter, reports the BBC. The footage, whose veracity has been disputed, seems to show Mladic living peacefully in a Belgrade suburb,... More »

2008 Hall of Infamy Inductees

A month-by-month gallery of the year's most ignominious figures

(Newser) - As we look back at the great people who made their mark this year, let us not forget to document the schlubby, the sneaky, and the just plain criminal. Vanity Fair has done the legwork, rounding up a month-by-month rogue's gallery. Some highlights:
  • January: Rudy Giuliani's Florida strategy was
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'Not Guilty' Plea for Uncooperative Karadzic

Former Bosnian Serb leader refuses to recognize court on war-crimes charges

(Newser) - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic refused to plead today at a UN war-crimes tribunal—so a judge entered a “not guilty” plea for him, the BBC reports. Karadzic, 63, was charged with 11 counts linked to the Bosnian civil war of the 1990s, including genocide, crimes against humanity,... More »

Karadzic Blasts 'Witch Hunt,' Says US Wants to Kill Him

Ex-Bosnian leader claims he cut a deal with Washington

(Newser) - Radovan Karadzic says he can't possibly get a fair trial at the Hague because a “media witch hunt” has already proclaimed him a war criminal, the BBC reports. In a document submitted to the war crimes tribunal, Karadzic cited “drastic irregularities” in his arrest and accused the US... More »

Karadzic Delays Plea in War Crimes Trial

Newly shorn genocide defendent needs time to study charges

(Newser) - A freshly shaven and subdued Radovan Karadzic declined to enter a plea in his first appearance today before the war crimes tribunal in The Hague, the Guardian reports. The former Bosnian Serb leader said he needed more time to consider the charges, which include 11 counts of genocide and crimes... More »

Karadzic Delivered to Hague

Riots break out as Karadzic is spirited to Holland

(Newser) - Bosnian war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic was whisked from a Serbian jail and handed over to UN officials today to face trial at The Hague on charges of genocide. He's expected to appear at court today. The former leader of the Bosnian Serbs was escorted by masked officers from the... More »

Hiding Was 'Easy,' Boasts Karadzic

War crimes suspect refusing to eat

(Newser) - Captured Serbian war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic has been refusing to eat in his Belgrade cell since his arrest more than a week ago—but has been boasting about life on the lam. Karadzic claims he had planned to turn himself in next year, reports the Guardian. Karadzic was nabbed... More »

Karadzic Arrest Shows the Hague's Value

Even warrants can hurt bad actors

(Newser) - For all those who doubt the effectiveness of an International Criminal Court warrant, just look at Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. Samantha Power imagined the arrest differently when she was reporting from Sarajevo in 1995, but his diminished circumstances now show just how crippling and demeaning it is to run... More »

Karadzic to Defend Himself in Genocide Trial

Bosnian war crimes suspect also wants a shave and a trim

(Newser) - Bosnian genocide suspect Radovan Karadzic plans to defend himself when he stands trial in the Hague, his lawyer said today. He also plans to lose the Santa Claus beard and pony tail, having requested a shave and haircut, the BBC reports. Karadzic, a former psychiatrist who spent more than a... More »

My Meeting With the Monster of the Balkans

Karadzic was terrifying at negotating table, writes Holbrooke

(Newser) - When Richard Holbrooke led the process that resulted in the Dayton Accords and the end of the war in Bosnia, he knew that sending Radovan Karadzic to the Hague was necessary to bring peace to the Balkans. Now, after 12 "inexcusable" years on the run, he has been arrested,... More »

Hunt Shifts to Butcher 'Serb God'

With Karadzic behind bars, focus is on genocidal partner

(Newser) - Former Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic is finally behind bars, but his alleged partner in genocide, Gen. Ratko Mladic, remains at large. Mladic is an even more ruthless figure who until a few years ago brazenly appeared in downtown Belgrade, attending soccer games and eating at gourmet restaurants, despite a $5... More »

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