Those who lost family and friends at the hands of Bosnian Serb forces watched the events in The Hague closely.
Kada Hotic, whose husband and son were killed in the Srebrenica massacre, said Karadzic was harming all those who survived the war no matter what their ethnic background.
“With his behaviour in The Hague he doesn’t allow for any chance of creating some kind of trust that is needed for reconciliation and coexistence,” she said.
Zumra Sehomerovic, who lost her husband and son at Srebrenica, said: “If the European Union can win the Nobel Peace Prize despite tolerating the genocide at Srebrenica, it comes as no surprise that Karadzic believes he should be praised for promoting peace as well.”
Lukavica is a Bosnian Serb suburb 10 kilometres south of Sarajevo. In districts like this, Karadzic is seen as a hero of the conflict.
Miljka Smiljanic complained: “There will not be justice. Serbs never see justice. Everyone gets a fair trial, except Serbs. I wish him all the best. But I don’t think that he will get out of there.”
Recent research suggests that around 100,000 people died in the Bosnian war between 1992 and 1995.