Radovan Karadzic, wartime leader of the self-styled Bosnian Serb Republic, protested his innocence in a rare interview given before his possible conviction by a United Nations tribunal for his role in Bosnia’s war more than 20 years ago.
“I know what I wanted, what I did, even what I dreamed of, and there is no reasonable court that would convict me,” he told the website in an email interview.
Karadzic has been charged by the Hague-based tribunal with 11 counts of war crimes and genocide committed during the 1992-95 war, in which 100,000 people died. He could face life in prison if found guilty.
Among other charges, Karadzic is accused of orchestrating the 1995 slaughter of 8,000 Muslims after Serb forces seized the UN’s Srebrenica “safe area” in eastern Bosnia.
“The unnecessary killing of a single man is horrifying, let alone certainly several hundred at least… Those who did it are the enemies of the Serbs first, then enemies of those families, then of the Muslim community,” Karadzic said.