Wagner: 40-Year Sentence for Genocide Leader is an Abomination

Mar 24, 2016
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact:Meghan Burris | (202) 225-1621

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the below statement following this morning’s sentencing of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who was found guilty of genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre when 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed:

“The more than 70,000 refugees who left their families and fled from Bosnia to St. Louis to escape the evil ethnic-cleansing campaign led by Radovan Karadzic deserve better than this pitiful verdict by a United Nations Criminal Court. Karadzic’s sentence of only 40 years for genocide and nine other charges related to war time atrocities is an abomination and deserves, at minimum, a life sentence in prison.

“The 1995 Srebrenica massacre is both heartbreaking and maddening. While we cannot rewrite this shameful history, we can seek justice for the families of these victims. I remain committed to fighting for justice and was pleased that the House passed H. Res 310, which asks that the Atrocities Prevention Board educate on how to prevent future genocides in vulnerable countries.”