United Nations tribunal judges delivering their verdict on Karadzic said on Thursday there was insufficient evidence to prove one of two genocide charges against the former leader.

Presiding judge O-Gon Kwon said that Karadzic bears individual criminal responsibility for the three-year siege of Sarajevo. Judge said that he ordered a take over of Srebrenica before massacre.

Karadzic was "criminally responsible" for the murder, persecution and agreed to killing of Bosnian Muslims males, the judge said.

The top United Nations human rights official welcomed the verdict against Karadzic on Thursday saying it showed that that even powerful perpetrators of such crimes "must know that they will not escape justice."

Thus Karadzic was found guilty of 10 out of 11 charges and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, in a statement issued after Karadzic was found guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the International Criminal Court, said his trial "should give pause to leaders across Europe and elsewhere who seek to exploit nationalist sentiments and scapegoat minorities".

Karadzic is the highest-ranking person to face the UN tribunal in the Hague over a war two decades ago in which at least 100,000 people died as rival armies carved up Bosnia along ethnic lines that largely survive today.

Among the main charges is that Karadzic, who was arrested in 2008 after 11 years on the run, controlled Serb forces that massacred 8,372 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995 after overrunning the UN-designated "safe area."

Source: TRT World