KARADŽIĆ, Radovan (MICT-13-55)


Yahoze ari Perezida wa Repubulika ya Srpska n’Umugaba w’ikirenga w’ingabo za Repubulika ya Srpska.

Urugereko rwa Mbere rw’Iremezo rwa TPIY rwamukatiye igifungo cy’imyaka 40 ku itariki ya 24 Werurwe 2016.

Amakuru mashya: On 20th of March 2019, The Appeals Chamber, Judges de Prada and Rosa dissenting, set aside the sentence of 40 years of imprisonment and imposed on Mr. Karadžić a sentence of life imprisonment.


Initial indictment filed on 24 July 1995. Operational indictment filed on 19 October 2009.


Arrested on 21 July 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Transferred to the ICTY on 30 July 2008.

ICTY Trial Chamber Judgement

Delivered on 24 March 2016.

The Trial Chamber found Radovan Karadžić guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. Karadžić was sentenced to 40 years of imprisonment.

Mechanism Appeals Chamber

Judge Vagn Prüsse Joensen, (Presiding)

Judge William Hussein Sekule

Judge José Ricardo de Prada Solaesa

Judge Graciela Susana Gatti Santana

Judge Ivo Nelson de Caires Batista Rosa

Status of the Case


Appeals Proceedings (Ongoing)

On 4 April 2016, Radovan Karadžić announced his intention to appeal the Judgement and requested an extension of the deadline to file the notice of appeal.

On 21 April 2016, the parties were granted a 60-day extension for the filing of notices of appeal, allowing for notices of appeal to be filed no later than 22 June 2016. A further 30-day extension was granted on 15 June 2016, allowing for notices of appeal to be filed no later than 22 July 2016. Both parties filed their notices of appeal on 22 July 2016.

Case Background Information


Radovan Karadžić was charged before the ICTY with two counts of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of violations of the laws or customs of war committed by Serb forces during the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina (“BiH”), from 1992 until 1995. Karadžić was alleged to be individually criminally responsible for those crimes, inter alia, through his participation in a number of joint criminal enterprises (“JCEs”).

Two counts of genocide (Counts 1 and 2)
Five counts of crimes against humanity
  • Persecutions (Count 3)
  • Extermination (Count 4)
  • Murder (Count 5)
  • Deportation (Count 7)
  • Inhumane acts (forcible transfer) (Count 8)
Four counts of violations of the laws or customs of war
  • Murder (Count 6)
  • Terror (Count 9)
  • Unlawful attacks on civilians (Count 10)
  • Taking of hostages (Count 11)

ICTY Trial Chamber Judgement

On 24 March 2016, Trial Chamber III of the ICTY convicted Karadžić of genocide in the area of Srebrenica in 1995 and of persecution, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts (forcible transfer), terror, unlawful attacks on civilians and hostage-taking. He was acquitted of the charge of genocide in other municipalities in BiH in 1992.

The Chamber found that Karadžić committed these crimes through his participation in four JCEs: the overarching JCE included a common plan to permanently remove Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from Bosnian Serb-claimed territory through the commission of crimes in municipalities throughout BiH; the JCE to establish and carry out a campaign of sniping and shelling against the civilian population of Sarajevo, aimed at spreading terror among the civilian citizens; the JCE with the common purpose of taking UN personnel hostage in order to compel NATO to abstain from conducting air strikes against Bosnian Serb targets; and the JCE to eliminate the Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica in July 1995.

Start of ICTY Trial

26 October 2009

Prosecution Case


13 April 2010


25 May 2012

Defence Case*


16 October 2012


1 May 2014

Closing Arguments


29 September 2014


7 October 2014

ICTY Trial Chamber Judgement

24 March 2016


40 years of imprisonment

* The accused elected to represent himself at the trial.


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