Ratko Mladic played a central role in the Balkan wars of the 1990s. He was a general in the Bosnian Serb Army during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre when 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed.
His trial lasted nine years at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Netherlands. In 2017, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes including genocide and crimes against humanity.
The court ruled that 79-year-old Mladic, known as “The Butcher,” personally ordered the bombing and shelling during the siege of Sarajevo. They also convicted him of committing genocide in Srebrenica.
The former general has appealed the sentence, and prosecutors have requested that he be found guilty of more mass killings in Bosnian communities. The operation has been postponed several times, in part due to the pandemic and Mladic’s health.
On Tuesday, judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ruled upholding the ruling. They do not accept Ratko Mladic’s objections or the prosecution’s demand to convict him of further crimes, BBC writes.
Radovan Karadzic, then president of the Bosnian Serb Republic, was also sentenced to life imprisonment.
Ratko Mladic – the butcher in Bosnia
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