Hajra Catic: I am Afraid what will be the Final Verdict for Radovan Karadzic

The Appeals Chamber of the International Resident Mechanism for Criminal Tribunal was scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th, when the final verdict to Radovan Karadzic will be pronounced.

The president of the “Women of Srebrenica” association Hajra Catić said they fear how a new verdict will be.

“Do you trust me that I am scared? I’m afraid because they have been asking for changes to the judges. I also fear for Srebrenica, how it will be in characterized in the verdict and that the verdict will state it was not genocide. If this happens, we will have the right to complain and appeal, because what is happening is terrible, “ said Catic, who has been searching for his son’s remains since 1995.

Radovan Karadzic was found guilty of genocide in the Srebrenica area in 1995 for persecution, extermination, murder, deportation, terrorism, unlawful attacks on non-civilians, and hostage taking.

Radovan Karadžić was a founding member of the Serbian Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was President of the party from July 1990 to July 1996. He acted as Chairman of the National Security Council of the so-called Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (later Republika Srpska). He was President of the three-member Presidency of Republika Srpska from its creation in May 1992 until December 1992, and thereafter sole President of Republika Srpska and Supreme Commander of its armed forces until July 1996.

The accused is indicted for two counts of genocide; five counts of crimes against humanity; four counts of violations of the laws or customs of war. Following his failure to plea, a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf on 3 March 2009.

Trial Chamber Judgement: sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment on 24 March 2016. Appeal under jurisdiction of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals

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