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Karadzic Appeals 40-Year Genocide Sentence

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has appealed his 40-year jail sentence for genocide and accused UN judges of "subjecting him to a political trial."

Karadzic's lawyer, Peter Robinson, said on July 22 at The Hague that his client "was subjected to a political trial that was simply designed to confirm the demonization of him and the Bosnian Serb people."

Karadzic, 71, was sentenced on March 24 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for genocide during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed.

He was also found guilty of nine other crimes committed during Bosnia-Herzegovina's 1992-95 war, including the siege of Sarajevo in which some 10,000 civilians died.

But Robinson said Karadzic's trial was unfair and the judges "presumed him guilty and then constructed a judgement to justify its presumption."

Based on reporting by AFP and Tanjug