• Radovan Karadzic was Thursday sentenced to 40 years in jail. 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
  • Picture: Bosnian Muslim couple Suhra Malic (2nd L) and Hasan Malic look at a memorial to victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Potocari near Srebrenica October 26, 2009 before court proceedings for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. Karadzic refused to attend the start of his war crimes trial on Monday, and judges said they could appoint a lawyer to represent him if he failed to show up again. The Bosnian Serb political leader is charged with genocide over the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in July 1995. He is also charged over the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo by Serb forces.Reuters

A United Nations tribunal Thursday convicted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić of war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with 11 charges, including the genocide of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague sentenced Karadžić to 40 years in jail after declaring him guilty of "persecution, murders, deportations and forcible transfers" in the towns, amounting to "crimes against humanity and violation of the laws and customs of war," the Financial Times reported. 

Karadžić, former Supreme Commander of its armed forces, was convicted on two counts of genocide, including the massacre at Srebrenica and the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims and the Croats during the war in Bosnia in 1990s, Reuters reported.

In an interview to news portal Balkan Insight ahead of his conviction, he said he deserved praise, not punishment, because he had contributed for peace.

"My permanent fight to preserve the peace, prevent the war and decrease the sufferings of everyone regardless of religion were an exemplary effort deserving respect rather than persecution," Reuters quoted Karadžić as saying.

The Hague tribunal presided by judge O-Gon Kwon announced the verdict after conducting trial for five years. As many as 586 witnesses and around 1,15,000 pages of documentary evidence were examined.

Karadžić, who was absconding for 13 years, was arrested in 2008, from Serbian capital Belgrade, where he was living as a faith healer with name changed to Dragan Dabic.