Karadzic appeals, says trial was meant to "demonize Serbs"

Wartime leader of Serbs in Bosnia Radovan Karadzic has appealed against the 40-year jail sentence passed against him in March by the Hague Tribunal.

Source: B92, Beta
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(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

He was found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war, relating to Srebrenica, the siege of Sarajevo, and seven other municipalities in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In March, Karadzic said he was shocked by the verdict and described it as a result of improvisations, guesswork, speculation, and indications rather than facts.

AFP is reporting on Friday that Karadzic appealed on 50 grounds, and quoted a statement from his lawyer Peter Robinson as saying that his client was subjected to "a political trial that was simply designed to confirm the demonization of him and the Bosnian Serb people."

Hague Tribunal President Theodor Meron recently appointed the appeals chamber in this case, that includes himself as the presiding judge, as well as William Hussein Sekule, Vagn Prusse Joensen, Jose Ricardo de Prada Solaesa, and Graciela Susana Gatti Santana.

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