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Final verdict looms for ex-Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic

Updated : March 19, 2019 09:56 PM IST

Nearly a quarter of a century since Bosnia's devastating war ended, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is set to hear the final judgment on whether he can be held criminally responsible for unleashing a wave of murder and destruction. United Nations appeals judges will on Wednesday rule whether to uphold or overturn Karadzic's 2016 convictions for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as his 40-year sentence. They will also rule on an appeal by prosecutors against his acquittal on a second count of genocide during Bosnia's war, Europe's bloodiest conflict since World War II.

In this Saturday, March 16, 2019 photo, a flower is placed next to a name of a massacre victim carved in memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Nearly a quarter of a century since Bosnia's devastating war ended, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is set to hear the final judgment on whether he can be held criminally responsible for unleashing a wave of murder and mistreatment by his administration's forces. United Nations appeals judges on Wednesday March 20, 2019 will decide whether to uphold or overturn Karadzic's 2016 convictions for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and his 40-year sentence. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019 photo, a flower is placed next to a name of a massacre victim carved in memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Nearly a quarter of a century since Bosnia's devastating war ended, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is set to hear the final judgment on whether he can be held criminally responsible for unleashing a wave of murder and mistreatment by his administration's forces. United Nations appeals judges on Wednesday March 20, 2019 will decide whether to uphold or overturn Karadzic's 2016 convictions for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and his 40-year sentence. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
This Saturday, March 16, 2019 photo shows tombs at the memorial cemetery for massacre victims in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
This Saturday, March 16, 2019 photo shows tombs at the memorial cemetery for massacre victims in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019 photo, a chaplet hangs on a tomb at the memorial cemetery for massacre victims in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019 photo, a chaplet hangs on a tomb at the memorial cemetery for massacre victims in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, graffiti depicting Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic on a wall in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, graffiti depicting Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic on a wall in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a woman lights a candle at an Orthodox church in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina.(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a woman lights a candle at an Orthodox church in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina.(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a church service is held at an Orthodox church in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a church service is held at an Orthodox church in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, women walk past a war damaged building in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, women walk past a war damaged building in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a woman walks a dog past a war damaged building in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a woman walks a dog past a war damaged building in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a man places flowers at the section of a cemetery for 1990s war victims in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a man places flowers at the section of a cemetery for 1990s war victims in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, cyclists ride past war damaged buildings in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, cyclists ride past war damaged buildings in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a church service is held at an Orthodox church in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a church service is held at an Orthodox church in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a man walks his children past the monument for Bosnian Serbs killed in 1990s war in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sunday, March 17, 2019 photo, a man walks his children past the monument for Bosnian Serbs killed in 1990s war in the Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold of Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
In this Sept. 23, 1992 file photo, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic holds a knife he said was seized from Bosnian Croat soldiers in Bosnia during a news conference in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.(AP Photo/File)
In this Sept. 23, 1992 file photo, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic holds a knife he said was seized from Bosnian Croat soldiers in Bosnia during a news conference in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.(AP Photo/File)
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