SARAJEVO: War criminal, president, psychiatrist, poet, and even New Age healer – Radovan Karadzic lived a varied life before being convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
The former Bosnian Serb leader is awaiting a final verdict on the 40-year-sentence he was handed in 2016 for his role in Bosnia’s 1990s inter-ethnic war, which left 100,000 dead and displaced more than two million.
He was convicted of 10 charges in total, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The worst atrocity on the charge-sheet is the slaughter of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern town of Srebrenica in July 1995.
While the Hague-based tribunal will lay down its final judgment of the 73-year-old on Wednesday, Karadzic remains a deeply divisive figure in the court of public opinion.
To the international community and his foes, Bosnia’s Croats and Muslims, he is a monster responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands.
“If Karadzic does not get what he deserves, then this will mean that there is no justice in this world,” Munira Subasic, a president of Mothers of Srebrenica group who lost 22 close relatives in the killings, told AFP ahead of the verdict.
But for many Serbs, he was a hero — akin to those in the epic Serb poetry that inspired him — who stood up for his people in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war as Yugoslavia fell apart.
“Personally, I don’t believe in the legitimacy of this court,” the current leader of Bosnia’s Serbs, Milorad Dodik, said on the eve of the ruling.
Ali Raza Abidi murder: CTD tells court it identified suspects
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here has directed the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police to arrest three absconding accused in the Ali Raza Abidi murder case and present them before it on next hearing.
In a major headway, CTD investigators have identified the suspect who fired shots at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader, according to a progress report submitted to the court.
Suspect Bilal, one of the three absconding accused, shot at Ali Raza Abidi, said CTD, adding the absconders will be arrested soon.
Meanwhile, the court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of the accused and directed CTD to nab and present them before it on the next hearing.
Fake bank accounts: NAB gets physical remand of key accused
ISLAMABAD: An accountability court here handed over Iqbal Khan Noori, one of the key suspects in the fake bank accounts case, to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 14-day physical remand for questioning.
NAB officials produced Noori before the accountability judge and sought his physical remand for interrogation. The court remanded the accused in the bureau’s custody for 14 days and adjourned the hearing until May 2.
Meanwhile, the judge granted a plea of the suspect’s family seeking permission to meet him.
Noori, director of M/s Rubicon owned by Younas Kudwai – front man of Asif Ali Zardari, CEO of M/s Park Lane – is among the 30 accused named in the case.
Markan: Terrorists shot 14 passengers dead on Coastal Highway
MAKRAN: Terrorists offloaded passengers from a bus on Coastal Highway near Ormara here today and shot at least 14 of them.
According to sources privy to NPTV some 20 unidentified gunmen (wearing FC uniforms) stopped passenger buses plying from Karachi towards Gawadar. At 1am they offloaded sixteen passengers from a bus carrying over 36 passengers in Buzi Top area and killed forteen of them at close range after identifying the victims by means of their NICs.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemning the act of terrorism sought report into the incident. He has ordered the concerned authorities to identify the culprits and book them under Anti-Terrorism Law.
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal stated that such acts were on the agenda of anti-state elements as they wanted Balochistan to remain backward region sans any development: “Progress will continue no matter what”, he held.
“These cowardly terrorists showed the extent of their barbarism by murdering innocent passengers,” the CM maintained.
“The people of Balochistan look upon terrorists who follow the agenda of foreign elements with hate. Through the support of the people, terrorism will be eliminated and the terrorists will continue to be brought to justice,” Jam Kamal stated.
Information Minister Ch. Fawad Hussain took to the Twitter saying all the perpetrators involved in recent attacks in the country would be apprehended and brought to justice.
Leader of the Oppositionof PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif and PPP-P Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari have also strongly condemned the killings. PPP-P Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held that PTI Govt. had failed in containing terrorism.