Former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic was sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Mladic (78 years old) served as Chief of Staff of the Army during the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1995. He was responsible for the genocide in the Srebrenica enclave in 1995. Under Mladic’s leadership, more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed there by the Bosnian Serb army in July 1995. The Dutch United Nations Battalion Netherlands Battalion could not prevent this situation.
The ruling ended a ten-year litigation. In 2017 Mladic has become Sentenced to life imprisonment Trial by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He was subsequently convicted of 10 counts out of 11 charges. He appealed the ruling, and the prosecutor also appealed.
Mladić was acquitted only in a few cities in Bosnia. The prosecution appealed. Today, Mladic was acquitted again in these cities.
All points are rejected
Today, the court rejected all Mladic’s appeals. For example, Mladic claimed that he did not order ethnic cleansing and that the soldiers took the initiative. The court disagreed.
It remains to be seen where Mladic will serve his life sentence.It was announced last month that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will serve his sentence in prison in England.
The conviction on Mladic’s appeal was one of the final decisions of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which was closed a few years ago. Ninety people were convicted by the court.