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Butcher of Bosnia Radovan Karadzic will be moved to British prison

The UK has agreed Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic should be transferred to a British prison to serve the rest of his sentence for his role in the Srebrenica genocide, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said. 

Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic was convicted of war crimes during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s.

He was handed a life-sentence after 8,000 men and boys were massacred in the Srebrenica genocide.

UN appeals judges upheld the convictions of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (right) for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity and increased his sentence from 40 years to life imprisonment

Mr Raab said Karadzic 'helped prosecute the siege of Sarajevo with its remorseless attacks on civilians'.

He added: 'We should take pride in the fact that, from UK support to secure his arrest, to the prison cell he now faces, Britain has supported the 30 year pursuit of justice for these heinous crimes.'

As well as genocide, Karadzic was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the 44-month Serb siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and for overseeing a campaign of ethnic cleansing that drove Croats and Muslims out of Serb-claimed areas of Bosnia.

In hiding for over a decade after the war, he was arrested and handed over to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in July 2008. After his conviction he was held at court's detention centre in The Hague. 

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