The Hague Tribunal opened an investigation after allegations of Radovan Karadzic that malignant diseases are frequent in court custody in Scheveningen, as reported by the BIRN Justice Report.
Judge Theodor Meron said that the Court, after repeated Karadzic’s claims that among the detainees is increased number of cancer patients, hired two independent physicians who are currently carrying out an investigation.
“Their report is expected by the end of November or early December”, stated Judge Meron.
Karadzic reiterated that his state of health, which had previously been “perfect”, “is significantly deteriorated” since the Hague detention even though “he has no objection on the health service”.
He complained, among other things, on the inability to use Skype to contact with his beloved ones. According to Karadzic, “prison conditions are not following the progress of humanity,” and that he has been “away from his profession and family for a decade.”
Judge Meron, whom Karadzic thanked for the previous help, said that he will request an explanation of the stated remarks from the secretariat of the court.
Tribunal sentenced Karadzic, wartime president of Republika Srpska (RS), by first instance to 40 years in prison on the 24th of March, finding him guilty of genocide in Srebrenica, persecution of Muslims and Croats throughout BiH, terrorizing civilians in Sarajevo and taking UNPROFOR members as hostages.
Meron said that the deadline for filing appeals, which were announced by defense lawyers and prosecutors, expires on the 5th of December.