Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic launches appeal to overturn war crimes convictions

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THE HAGUE, The Netherlands – Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic launched an appeal against a sentence for genocide and war crimes at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT) in The Hague, Monday.

“We are here today to ask you to overturn Radovan Karadzic’s conviction and order a new trial,” said Peter Robinson, Radovan Karadzic’s defence lawyer.

“His endless optimism, his love for his people, his intellectual power and curiosity, his tremendous energy… have kept him fighting for justice at full speed for the last 10 years,” he added.

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Karadzic told judges his conviction was based on “jokes and rumours”, and appealed on 50 grounds.

In their original conviction, the judges ruled Karadzic and other leaders had an “organised and systematic pattern of crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats”.

But on Monday Karadzic told the court that Muslims in Sarajevo were “killing their own soldiers” and said the Bosnian Serb strategy “was not offensive”.

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