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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s sentence for genocide has been increas
ed by appeal judges at a UN court in the Hague, Netherlands, from 40 years to life imprisonment.
In 2016 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Kar
adzic to 40 years in prison for genocide over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre — in which more than 7,000 Bos
nian Muslim men and boys were executed by Bosnian Serb forces under his command — as well as other crimes such as persecu
tion, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians, and hostage-taking.
On Wednesday Judge Vagn Joensen said the original 40-year sentence did not reflect the “gravity” of Kar
adzic’s crimes, and “his responsibility for the largest and gravest set of crimes ever attributed to a single person at the ICTY.”