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A Timeline Of Radovan Karadzic

Radovan Karadjic in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia on August 10, 1995. Art Zamur/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

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Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was convicted Thursday of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.

Karadzic, 70, was captured in 2008. He's one of the most senior figures to go on trial for charges related to the 1990s war in Bosnia.

Here's a timeline of key events in his life:

June 1945 — Karadzic is born in the former Yugoslav Republic, in what is now Montenegro.

July 1990 — Karadzic co-founds the Serbian Democratic Party, a Serbian nationalist party in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

January 1990 — Slovenian and Croatian delegates walk out of a Yugoslav Communist Party Congress, presaging the breakup of the Yugoslav Federation over the next few years.

October 1991 — Karadzic leads a move to create "Serb autonomous provinces" in Bosnia, which were represented by a separate Serb assembly.

April 1992 — The United Nations recognizes Bosnia as an independent state. Bosnian Serbs lay siege to the capital city, Sarajevo.

May 1992 — Karadzic is named first president of the Bosnian Serb Republic.

Summer/fall 1992 — The Bosnian Serb army and Serb paramilitary groups go on to occupy about 70 percent of the country. Serb forces systemically drive Muslims from the towns and villages they capture, a process they call "ethnic cleansing."

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (right) listens to Bosnian Serb Commander Ratko Mladic during a meeting with the press in Pale in 1993. Michael Evstafiev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (right) listens to Bosnian Serb Commander Ratko Mladic during a meeting with the press in Pale in 1993.

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April 1993 — The U.N. declares "safe havens" in six cities in eastern Bosnia, including Srebrenica and Gorazde. People in these towns are declared to be under the protection of peacekeepers.

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March 1995 — Karadzic orders his army to tighten the siege on Srebrenica, already facing a humanitarian crisis because Serb forces refused to let supply convoys enter the city.

July 1995 — Serb troops occupy the U.N. "safe haven" of Srebrenica. Serb forces round up about 8,000 Muslim men and boys and slaughter them.

November 1995 — The war ends with the Dayton Peace Agreement, reached after U.S.-backed negotiations.

1996 — Karadzic goes into hiding to avoid international warrants for his arrest.

July 2008 — Karadzic is arrested in Serbia by security forces.

March 24, 2016 — The International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague finds Karadzic guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Srebrenica and other areas of Bosnia during the war.