The motion to overturn the 40-year prison sentence comes four months after it was handed down to him by the tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The 71-year-old was found guilty in March of crimes against humanity and breaching laws of war.
"President Karadzic did not receive a fair trial," the filing made public by the lawyer stated. It criticized the Trial Chamber’s "double standard" in handling his case and its reliance on "debatable inferences, instead of solid evidence."
"Nowhere was this error more pronounced than in [court’s] finding, based upon its interpretation of a cryptic intercepted conversation, that President Karadzic shared the intent to kill the prisoners from Srebrenica and was therefore guilty of genocide," the appeal reads.
Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys are estimated to have been killed in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995 after it was occupied by the army of Republika Srpska.