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    Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, on March 24, 2016.

    Ankara Welcomes Sentencing of Ex-Leader of Republika Srpska Karadzic

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    The Turkish Foreign Ministry welcomed on Friday the sentencing of former President of the Republika Srpska Radovan Karadzic.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — On Thursday, Karadzic was found guilty of 10 of 11 counts of crimes against humanity, breaching the laws or customs of war and genocide for his role in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced him to 40 years in prison.

    Karadzic, 70, became the most high-profile defendant after the death of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in 2006 before his trial concluded.

    "The Karadzic judgment delivered as a result of meticulous work of the ICTY, is of importance since it has proved that the courts which have exclusive competence to deal with such cases do not allow impunity for any crime committed against humanity. We hope that the judgment will serve to social peace and reconciliation in Bosnia Herzegovina, and will set an example to avoid commitment of similar crimes in the ongoing conflicts in different parts of the world," the ministry's statement reads.


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