BELGRADE – A second-instance verdict of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Radovan Karadzic case can be realistically expected in no less than three years, says Karadzic’s lawyer Goran Petronijevic.

Karadzic’s defence has already started working on an appeal, Petronijevic told the Vecernje novosti daily, adding that the first-instance verdict is the most ample in ICTY history and that the defence will request an extension of the deadline to announce the appeal by more than 30 days.

The deadline for the tribunal to uphold the appeal is also 30 days, after which the defence will have another 75-day deadline, he said.

“We will probably request a deadline extension then, too, because we will be appealing all counts of the verdict. The office of the prosecutor will definitely also appeal, and I suppose that the second-instance chamber will request extended deadlines to review appeals. All in all, a new verdict for the former Republika Srpska president will take up to three years,” Petronijevic said.

Karadzic has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.