Center Board Member Issued Karadzic Indictment

July 22, 2008

The arrest this week of former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic follows an indictment written in 1995 by Center Board Member Richard J. Goldstone, who served as prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. According to the indictment, Karadzic is accused of "a crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and crimes that were perpetrated against the civilian population and against places of worship throughout the territory of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovinia."

According to news accounts, Karadzic is expected to be transferred to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague, pending an appeal. His military commander, General Ratko Mladic, was also named under the indictment and remains at large.

Following his service as chief prosecutor at the ICTY, Goldstone detailed his experience in a book called For Humanity: Reflections of a War Crimes Investigator. A member of the Ethics Center board since its formation in 2000, he served as a justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, his native country, and has served as a visiting professor at Harvard, Georgetown, NYU, and other universities.