At a hearing in The Hague today the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, had his 40-year sentence increased to life in prison for genocide and war crimes committed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Judge Vagn Joesen sitting at the court in The Hague, which replaced the now defunct International Criminal Tribunal Court for the Former Yugoslavia, sentenced Karadzic to life imprisonment for crimes during the period from 1992 to 1995.
In 2016, after a mammoth six-year trial, Karadzic received a 40-year sentence for several counts of crimes against humanity, including the genocide of Muslim Bosniaks in Srebrenica.
"I'm here to represent parents of 1,600 children who had been killed in the war, and for us it is important to see that the court confirmed Karadzic was the one who issued orders to terrorise and shell civilians," head of the association which gathers families of children killed during the siege of Sarajevo, Fikret Grabovica, commented to the Croatian state agency Hina.
Karadzic was caught in 2008 in Belgrade where he had been working as a new age healer under a new identity. The first court case lasted from 2009 to 2016, when he has given a 40-year sentence, after today’s ruling this has been increased to life imprisonment.