22 November, 2017

Mladić convicted at ICTY

The Guardian 22nd November 2017.

Ratko Mladić, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague.

The one-time fugitive from international justice faced 11 charges, two of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and four of violations of the laws or customs of war. He was cleared of one count of genocide, but found guilty of all other charges. The separate counts related to “ethnic cleansing” operations in Bosnia, sniping and shelling attacks on besieged civilians in Sarajevo, the massacre of Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica and taking UN personnel hostage in an attempt to deter Nato airstrikes.

Delivering the verdicts, Judge Alphons Orie said Mladić’s crimes “rank among the most heinous known to humankind and include genocide and extermination."

Case Information Sheet

Press release 22nd November 2017

Summary of the Court's judgment 

In 2015 the ICTY remembered the events at Srebrenica in 1995.  This video has some disturbing scenes.

The Guardian looked at the Mladić case - Ratko Mladić was unlucky. These days most war criminals go free - Jonathan Freedland.

Also see The Guardian 22nd November - The Guardian view on war crimes trials: justice for Srebrenica's victims

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