LONDON – The UK said on Wednesday it had agreed that former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic, convicted of war crimes during the Balkans conflict in the 1990s, should be sent to a UK prison to serve the remainder of his sentence .
75-year-old Karadzic was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2016 after he was convicted by Bosnian Serb forces of genocide in the Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in July 1995. In 2019, the United States judges in The Hague extended the prison term to life imprisonment.
“Radovan Karadzic is one of the few people convicted of genocide. He was responsible for the massacre of men, women and children in the genocide in Srebrenica and helped prosecute the siege of Sarajevo with its relentless attacks on civilians”, said the British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
“We should be proud that, from helping Britain secure his arrest to the prison cell he is now facing, Britain has supported 30 years of pursuit of justice for these heinous crimes,” he said in a statement.
In addition to genocide, Karadzic was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for 44 months under Serbian siege in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and overseeing an ethnic cleansing campaign that drove Croatians and Muslims from Serb-claimed areas of Bosnia.
After hiding for over a decade after the war, he was arrested and handed over to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in July 2008. Following his conviction, he was held in the Hague Court’s detention center.