LONDON (AP) – The British government said on Wednesday that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic would serve his life sentence for war crimes in a British prison.
Karadzic, one of the main architects of the massacre and devastation of the 1992-95 Bosnian war, was convicted by a United Nations tribunal in 2016 for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison, then sentenced to life imprisonment by the appeal judges of the court in The Hague.
He is currently in the Tribunal’s Detention Unit but will be transferred to an unspecified UK prison.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Karadzic “was responsible for the slaughter of men, women and children in the Srebrenica genocide and helped continue the siege of Sarajevo with its ruthless attacks on civilians “.
“We must be proud of the fact that, from British support to secure his arrest, to the prison cell he now faces, Britain has backed the pursuit of 30 years of justice for these heinous crimes,” said Raab.
The conflict in Bosnia has been the bloodiest in Europe since World War II, leaving 100,000 dead and millions homeless.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague convicted many people involved in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, with detainees being sent to several European countries to serve their sentences.