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Former Bosnian Serb leader convicted for genocide by UN court

The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted for genocide and war crimes in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

United Nations judges in The Hague found Mr Karadzic to be guilty of 10 of 11 charges including genocide.

Mr Karadzic continued to deny charges, alleging that any atrocities committed were the actions of rogue individuals and not that of forces under his command. The former leader’s lawyer Peter Robinson, said he would appeal the decision.

The former leader was the only person with the power to intervene and protect those being killed during the massacres.

“Dr Karadzic is disappointed and astonished. He feels that he was convicted on inference instead of evidence and will appeal the judgement,” said Mr Robinson.

Three further suspects remain on trial including his military chief Ratko Mladic, reports The Guardian.