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Karadzic Gets 40 Years For Muslim Genocide


Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the court of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2016. (REUTERS/Robin van Lonkhuijsen/Pool)

Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the court of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2016. (REUTERS/Robin van Lonkhuijsen/Pool)


Radovan Karadzic -- the former Bosnian Serb leader -- was convicted Thursday of genocide and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Karadzic has been called the “Butcher of Bosnia.” He was found guilty for Serb atrocities during the war in Bosnia from 1992-1995. About 100,000 people died in that war.

The U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) oversaw the trial.

Criminally responsible

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2015 file photo, a woman touches the tombstone of a relative at the Potocari, memorial complex near Srebrenica, 150 kilometers northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2015 file photo, a woman touches the tombstone of a relative at the Potocari, memorial complex near Srebrenica, 150 kilometers northeast of Sarajevo, Bosnia

ITCY said the 70-year-old Karadzic was responsible for the crime of genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Serb forces killed 8,000 Muslim men and boys, in what has been called the worst atrocity in Europe since the Holocaust.

Judge O-Gon Kwon said the Srebrenica massacre could not have happened without Karadzic’s support.

However, Karadzic was found not guilty of genocide for driving Bosnian Muslims and Croats out of villages claimed by Serb forces.

Karadzic's was the most senior Bosnian Serb leader during the Bosnian War. He oversaw the Bosnian Serb army. The official commander of the army, former General Ratko Mladic, is also on trial for genocide in The Hague.

Admitted 'moral responsibility'

In 2014, Karadzic only admitted to "moral responsibility" for his wartime actions.

In an 874-page written statement at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Karadzic said he was not aware at the time of the killing at Srebrenica.

I’m Jonathan Evans.

Kathleen Struck adapted this story for VOA Learning English from a VOA news report. Mario Ritter edited it.

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Words in This Story

atrocities –n. extreme, cruel and deadly acts against people

Holocaust –n. the killing of millions of Jews and other groups by the Nazis during World War II

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