Radovan Karadzic appeals 'biased' war crimes conviction

Radovan Karadzic appears in the courtroom for his appeal. Credit: Reuters

Former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has appealed his 40-year prison sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Karadzic was jailed in March after a UN court convicted him of war crimes during the Bosnian war of 1992-1995, including the Srebrenica massacre in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys died.

In his appeal, he said his sentence should be overturned or he should be given a new trial as the court was biased against him.

Judges at The Hague had shown a "double standard" in granting prosecution requests while denying his, Karadzic wrote, adding that judges had been guided by "inferences" rather than "solid evidence."