The appellants are Croat and Muslims citizens of Bosnia Herzegovina, they alleged to be victims and representatives of victims of genocide, rape, forced prostitution and impregnation, torture summary execution and wrongful death, committed by Bosnian Serb military forces as part of a genocidal campaign conducted in the course of civil war. Karadzic is the self proclaimed president of the ‘Bosnian-Serb Entity’ (Republica-Srpksa), not recognised at that moment, but exercising effective control, with ultimate command control over the army, the genocide was committed under his orders. The plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages, in one case injunctive relief, under the Alien Tort Act, Torture Victim Protection Act 1991
The judge dismissed the action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The case went to appeal
A writ was served on the defendant in NY when he visited the UN. He then left the US jurisdiction.