Karadži: life and crimes

Karadži: life and crimes


September 18, 1996, International War Crimes Tribunal investigators clearing away debris from dozens of Srebrenica victims buried in a mass grave.
Photo: Associated Press

The former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadži will today hear the verdict in The Hague, where he is accused of ordering mass killings at Srebrenica in 1995. Here is a brief timeline of his life and alleged crimes.

1945 Born in the Montenegrin village of Petnjica, Yugoslavia. He moves to Sarajevo in 1960 to study psychiatry

1990 Becomes leader of Serbian Democratic party in Bosnia as Yugoslavia collapses

Why this judgment is so important

1991 Assembly of the breakaway Serb republic is announced and Karadži warns Bosnian leaders not to secede from Yugoslavia

1992 Bosnia declares independence in March and war breaks out with Karadži’s Serb separatist forces in April. The seige of Sarajevo begins

1995 Nato intervenes in Bosnia to help stop the war after massacres in Srebrenica and Sarajevo. In November, the Dayton peace deal is agreed. Karadži is indicted by the ICTY for genocide

1996 Karadži is forced to step down from the Republika Srpska presidency but continues to wield power behind the scenes

1997 The manhunt for war crimes suspects begins and Karadži goes underground

2008 Karadži is found in Belgrade posing as a new age guru, Dragan Dabic, and arrested

2009 His trial for genocide and crimes against humanity begins in The Hague

2014 Trial ends. Tribunal begins consideration of verdict and sentence in September



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