FILE - A Thursday, July 11, 2013 photo from files showing former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic awaiting the start of his appeal at the courtroom of the U.N. Yugoslav war crimes tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands. Prosecutors called former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic a liar in closing remarks at his genocide trial, saying his denials of responsibility for atrocities committed on a massive scale while he was in charge lack any credibility. Prosecutor Alan Tieger said Karadzic, 69, should be imprisoned for life if found guilty. Karadzic says he is innocent of any wrongdoing and was unaware of the 1995 slaughter of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys by Serb forces at Srebrenica, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. (AP Photo/Michael Kooren, Pool, File)
(The Associated Press)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Closing arguments have begun in the genocide trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, with U.N. prosecutors arguing he should be sent to prison for life if found guilty.
Karadzic, who was the top political leader of the breakaway Bosnian Serb Republic during the 1992-1995 Bosnia War, says he is innocent.
In opening remarks Monday, Prosecutor Alan Tieger said Karadzic bragged about his policy of "ethnic cleansing" of non-Serbs from parts of Bosnia at the time but now denies it, promoting a "revisionist history."
Karadzic is charged with 11 crimes in all, including genocide during the 1995 massacre of thousands of Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.
He went into hiding after the war but was caught in neighboring Serbia in 2008 and went on trial in 2009.