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Radovan Karadzic

Lawyer: Karadzic 'like a tiger in a cage' since conviction

Radovan Karadzic asked a United Nations judge Wednesday to release him pending his appeal against what the former Bosnian Serb leader called his "monstrous" conviction for genocide and other atrocities.

In his first courtroom appearance since judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal sentenced him to 40 years imprisonment for the crimes during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, 70-year-old Karadzic also complained about his conditions of detention and asked for a new laptop to help him prepare his case.

Karadzic's American lawyer, Peter Robinson, told Judge Theodor Meron that Karadzic has been distressed since his March 24 conviction, saying the former leader has been...