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Radovan Karadzic MUN Position paper

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´╗┐Committee: ICJ Country: Alan Tieger Topic Area A: The Karadzic Trial Radovan Karadzic, the one-time Bosnian Serb leader, was brought to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on eleven charges of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity for his actions during the Bosnian war in 1992-1995. Defending himself, Karadzic denies all the charges. He is known by some as the ?modern-day Hitler? because of his alleged campaigns to clean out Bosnia-Herzegovina of the Muslim ethnicity. Karadzic is charged with two counts of genocide by ordering and planning the killings, torture, and abuse of Bosnian Muslims; one count of persecutions by ordering autocratic searches, arrests, and destruction; three counts of extermination and murder for the 10,000 people killed during a 44 month siege of Sarajevo, and the total extermination of boys and men in Srebrenica; two counts of deportation and inhumane acts for the expulsion of Muslims (mainly women) ...read more.

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On the other hand, Karadzic feels that the acts were directed at certain dangerous individuals, who happened to be Muslim, for the well being of the Bosnian people. Alan Tieger is the prosecutor of this case, and he believes that Radovan Karadzic is guilty of every single charge for being the commander of the ?ethnic cleansing? of Bosnia. He argued that the confirmed deaths off 8,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica could not have been a myth, and that the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, was in fact under siege due to hundreds of eye-witness testimonies. In 1996, Drazen Erdemovic confessed to being a member of the execution squad and Radislav Kristic was found guilty in 2004 of being a General at Srebrenica. In Karadzic?s opening statement, he said that no more than 3,000 bodies have been found there, but Tieger has proven that approximately 6,000 bodies were identified by DNA, and that 2,000 people are still missing. ...read more.

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Tieger will have to prove the connection between him, and the people who were already convicted. The ICC and the ICTY are yet to deliberate on this case because of an evidence malfunction that needed to be sorted out. Even though this trial has not been concluded, there have been many other cases from the ICTY that show the possible future of Radovan Karadzic. Many leaders in the Bosnian Serb Army, such as Vajadin Popovic, the Chief of Security of the Drina Corps, and Dragomir Milosevic, the Commander of the Sarajevo Romanija Corps, and many others have already been found guilty. Popovic was sentenced to life, while Milosevic was given 29 years. From 1993 to 1999, the ICTY had already convicted 112 people. All of these figures in the Bosnian War were not nearly as important as Radovan Karadzic, which helps give everyone an idea that, if found guilty, the verdict will be even more severe. ...read more.

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