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Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years

Former Liberian president expected to appeal

(Newser) - Charles Taylor is going away for 50 years. The former Liberian president, 64, was sentenced to a half-century in a British prison today, as international war crimes court judges blamed him for "some of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history." But Taylor will likely... More »

As Trial Begins, Mladic Taunts Survivors

Sarcastically claps, draws finger across throat

(Newser) - The war crimes trial for Ratko Mladic opened today in the Hague, and the Bosnian Serb general once again made no attempt to appear sympathetic. He gave a thumbs-up and slowly clapped his hands sarcastically as the trial began, waving and smirking at the rows of survivors and relatives of... More »

Charles Taylor Guilty of War Crimes

International court rules against former Liberian president

(Newser) - In a historic ruling, an international court convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting notoriously brutal rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in return for blood diamonds. Taylor is the first head of state convicted by an international... More »

Last Serbian War Criminal Arrested

Goran Hadzic will be transferred to The Hague

(Newser) - Serbia has arrested the last of its indicted war criminals, Goran Hadzic. Hadzic, president of the de facto government of Serb territories that broke away in former Yugoslavia, was in hiding for seven years. With his arrest, all 161 people indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for alleged war crimes... More »

Lawyer: Mladic Has Cancer

Document indicates he underwent chemotherapy at Serbian hospital

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic's lawyer says he can prove the suspected war criminal has cancer. Milos Saljic showed the AP a copy of a 2009 document that purports to show that Mladic was treated at a Serbian hospital between April and July of that year, and that he was diagnosed with... More »

Mladic to Be Extradited to Hague

Judge brushes aside concerns that Mladic is in poor health

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic can be extradited to the international war crimes tribunal at The Hague to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, a Serbian judge ruled today, brushing aside concerns that the former military leader was in poor health. Mladic has three days to appeal the decision, the LA ... 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 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 »

Khmer Rouge Chief Asks for 'Harshest Punishment'

(Newser) - The former head of the Khmer Rouge's main torture center asked the Cambodian people today to give him "the harshest punishment." Kaing Guek Eav, alias "Duch," who headed the notorious S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, made the statement during his UN genocide trial, after a widow... More »

'Death-Squad' Serb Was CIA Spook

Agency submits classified document to international court in Stanisic's defense

(Newser) - A Serbian leader facing trial for organizing "ethic cleansing" death squads was a key CIA aide, reports the Los Angeles Times. Jovica Stanisic, head of intelligence for brutal Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, secretly fed information to CIA agents desperate for dirt on factions in the former Yugoslavia. While Stanisic... More »

UN Acquits Serb Leader

Five others convicted of roles in Kosovo violence

(Newser) - A UN tribunal acquitted former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic today of war crimes during the late-1990s conflict in Kosovo, the BBC reports. Milutinovic, the titular leader of Serbia in 1997-2002, did not have direct control of the Yugoslav army during the campaign of violence committed against Kosovar Albanians, the tribunal... 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 »

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 »

Serbia Collars Karadzic for War Crimes

Former Bosnian Serb leader faces UN genocide charges

(Newser) - Serbian forces arrested Radovan Karadzic today after hunting the war crimes fugitive for 12 years, the AP reports. The former Bosnian Serb president, collared with other suspected war criminals, will likely be sent to the UN war crimes court in the Hague. The tribunal has indicted him twice, once for... More »

Former Kosovo Leader Acquitted of War Crimes

Ex PM cleared of attacks on ethnic Serbs

(Newser) - The UN's tribunal in the Hague has acquitted a former commander of the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army of all charges of war crimes. Ramush Haradinaj, who also briefly served as the breakaway province's prime minister, was cleared of murder, persecution, rape and torture of Kosovo Serb civilians. The verdict threatens... More »

Serb General Convicted of War Crimes

Commander whose troops shelled Sarajevo gets 33 years

(Newser) - The United Nations tribunal at the Hague has convicted a Bosnian Serb general of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other charges, and sentenced him to 33 years in prison. Dragomir Milosevic commanded his troops to shell Sarajevo and fire at bystanders during the siege of the Bosnian capital, where... More »

UN Convicts Serbian Officer of War Crimes

Tribunal's verdict draws fire from Croatia for 'shocking' leniency

(Newser) - A Serb officer was convicted yesterday of aiding and abetting murder and torture, and sentenced to 20 years in prison by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, enraging Croatians, the Times of London reports. The case concerned the 1991 massacre at Vukovar, a Croatian town where hundreds of... More »

Former Serb Leader Guilty of War Crimes

Led ethnic cleansing of non-Serbs in early-90s Croatia

(Newser) - Former Serb rebel leader Milan Martic has been convicted of murder and other atrocities in Croatia in the early 1990s and sentenced to 35 years in jail. The international war crimes tribunal in the Hague found Martic guilty of ethnic cleansing of non-Serbs when he was leader of the so-called... More »

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