Karadžić’s guilty verdict and forensic evidence from Bosnia’s mass graves.

Klinkner, M. J., 2016. Karadžić’s guilty verdict and forensic evidence from Bosnia’s mass graves. Science & Justice. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1016/j.scijus.2016.07.003

Abstract

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia’s Karadžić verdict, eagerly awaited, was unsurprising. He was found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. One part of the judgment was concerned with the Srebrenica events in which much forensic evidence from mass graves featured. Whilst this was to be expected, forensic evidence from the horrific crime scenes continues to be important in determining aspects of the crime base. This paper discusses the evidence and examines how the Chamber came to the conclusion that systematic killing of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men occurred and attempts had been made to conceal the crimes and human remains in secondary graves thus confirming the actus reus of genocide. In particular, the number of people killed was at issue. Despite the absence of compelling counter-theories on behalf of the accused, this paper demonstrates that contestations over the number of those killed remain and predicts that this is unlikely to change for the ongoing Mladić case.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1355-0306
Uncontrolled Keywords:mass graves; forensic evidence; expert evidence; international criminal proceedings; International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; International Criminal Court
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:24750
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:21 Sep 2016 10:52
Last Modified:21 Sep 2016 10:52

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