UN court increases Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic’s sentence to life in jail

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A UN court has increased the sentence of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to life in prison over the mass killings in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian wars.

Karadzic was earlier sentenced to a 40-year term – which likely amounted to a life sentence for the 73-year-old politician in practical terms – for the role he played in the violent breakdown of Yugoslavia.

The Wednesday proceedings were held on an appeal by Karadzic, in which the prosecution insisted a life sentence was more appropriate for his crimes.

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