The UN court in The Hague has rejected a request from former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic to reconsider a decision refusing him an appeal against the final sentence convicting him of genocide and other wartime crimes.
The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals on Thursday denied Radovan Karadzic’s motion for an appeal chamber to be appointed at the Hague court to decide on his request to review a previous decision that rejected his appeal against the final verdict in his trial sentencing him to life in prison.
In March this year, the Hague court sentenced Karadzic to life in prison for the 1995 genocide of Bosniaks from Srebrenica, for terrorising the civilian population of Sarajevo with a long-running campaign of shelling and sniper attacks, for the persecution and extermination of Bosniaks and Croats in 20 municipalities across the country, and for taking UN peacekeepers hostage.
The final verdict, handed down after Karadzic appealed against his conviction in the UN court’s first-instance judgment, also acquitted him of genocide in other municipalities in 1992.
The UN court on Thursday also rejected Karadzic’s motion to submit his request to judge Jean-Claude Antonetti, rather than the president of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, Carmel Agius, or its most experienced judge, Theodor Meron.
Karadzic had called for the decision on his request for an appeal to be made by Antonetti, as he alleged that both Agius and Meron were biased against him because they had previously sentenced his subordinates for similar crimes.
Immediately after Thursday’s decision, Karadzic’s lawyer Peter Robinson filed another request to appeal against it and to remove Agius and Meron from deciding on it.