In his appeal against the trial judgment, the former Republika Srpska president complains that he was not given a fair trial. Karadzic also strongly condemns the entire concept of international justice, calling on the world leaders to re-consider it

Radovan Karadzic in the courtroomRadovan Karadzic in the courtroom

Former Republika Srpska president Radovan Karadzic filed his appeal against the trial judgment today. In March 2016, the Trial Chamber found Karadzic guilty of genocide and other crimes in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Karadzic was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

In a statement made public today by his US lawyer Peter Robinson, Karadzic argues that he was not given a fair trial. Instead of the presumption of innocence, the judges applied the 'principle of guilt', Karadzic says. According to Karadzic, the judgment rendered by the Trial Chamber is a construction built on this foundation.The most glaring example of the failure to administer justice is indeed the conviction for genocide based on the presumption that he shared the intent to kill all the prisoners from Srebrenica. The conclusion was based on the judges' interpretation of a conversation he had with another person, which was in a secret code. The judgment resting on such a conclusion is clearly wrong and unfair, Karadzic argues.

Karadzic states that he was put on a 'political trial' set up to 'vilify' both him and his ethnic community, the Bosnian Serbs. After eight years in the UN Detention Unit, Karadzic sees international justice as a 'failed project'. Judges with little knowledge of the region and its culture, language and history have followed procedure foreign to the accused and in a foreign language; their conclusions are foreign to those who know the region and the truth. It's no wonder, Karadzic notes, that the USA, Russia and China won't allow their citizens to stand trial in similar courts.

Radovan Karadzic urges the world leaders to reconsider the whole concept of international justice, Karadzic's defense counsel Peter Robinson notes at the end of the public statement. In Karadzic's opinion, the concept has become a 'pretext to use the legal system for a political purpose'.