Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s sentence for genocide has been increas
ed by appeal judges at a UN court in the Hague, Netherlands, from 40 years to life imprisonment.
In 2016 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Kar
adzic to 40 years in prison for genocide over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre — in which more than 7,000 Bos
nian Muslim men and boys were executed by Bosnian Serb forces under his command — as well as other crimes such as persecu
tion, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians, and hostage-taking.
On Wednesday Judge Vagn Joensen said the original 40-year sentence did not reflect the “gravity” of Kar
adzic’s crimes, and “his responsibility for the largest and gravest set of crimes ever attributed to a single person at the ICTY.”
Agreement. This is where the prospect of a lengthy delay plays into the thinking of some.
A long delay presents the UK, potentially, with a choice. If it is to take part in the European elections, then it must legislate to do so before April 11. In that scenario, the
EU could propose a longish delay of around two years, with a fixed end point, but with a neat get-out clause. Were the Hous
e of Commons to approve May’s Brexit deal within that period, the UK would flip out of the EU and the Article 50 ex
tension would be reincarnated as the two-year transition, as per the current Withdrawal Agreement.
If that all sounds a little fiddly, here it is in simpler language. UK lawmakers would be presented with a choice of voti
ng to leave the EU with a deal that they may not love, or remain as a full member state and what that leads to is any
one’s guess: A general election, another referendum — take your pick of undesirable outcomes.
All of this was complicated further on Monday, when the Speaker of the House of Commons lobbed in a constitutional hand g
renade. John Bercow pronounced that Theresa May could not bring her Brexit deal back for a new vote in Parl
iament without the question being asked sufficiently differently from the one defeated last week.