The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Mechanism (MICT) Serge Brammertz stated before Ratko Mladic’s sentence that he is expected to be sentenced to life imprisonment, but warned that Bosnia and Herzegovina denies the nature of war crimes The problem is getting worse, especially the Srebrenica genocide.
In an interview with BH Radio 1, the public service of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brammertz said: “We are optimistic that we have successfully persuaded the judge of the Appeals Chamber to confirm the first instance verdict.”
The five-member MICT Appeals Chamber will hand its verdict to Mladic at the Court’s headquarters in The Hague tomorrow. The MICT prosecutors filed a partial appeal against the sentence of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2017 against the wartime commander of the Serb Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
The young man was convicted of the most serious war crimes, including the Srebrenica genocide, but the ICTY team rejected the claim that he also responded to the 1992 genocide in five other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina Responsible allegations, such as the city of Prijedor expelled by Bosnian Serb forces and killed almost all Croats and Bosnians.
The prosecution has asked the MICT’s second-instance team to confirm this accusation in the indictment, and the victims of the crime also hope to do so, and Mladic’s defense is expected to be acquitted or at least retrial.
Brammertz is sure that the sentence of life imprisonment will be confirmed, but he warned that even after that, the problems caused by trying to challenge the facts proved by the court and relativizing crimes will still exist. Brammertz pointed out that the beautification of war criminals and the denial of genocide in the Western Balkans are now more common than ten years ago, so he plans to warn the UN Security Council when submitting periodic reports to the MICT prosecutor’s office.
He added that the irresponsibility of politicians should not be tolerated. When they said there was no genocide in Srebrenica, this was the repeated insistence of the current President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik and Serbian President Alexander Vucic. The argument.
“Will the judgment of Mladic change anything? Unfortunately, I don’t think the result will affect some nationalist politicians, but I want to say that this will be a very important decision to support the truth, the reality of the crime committed. , The brutality of the crime committed. This will be a very important decision,” Brammertz said. He recalled that more than 150 witnesses in The Hague testified that a terrible crime was committed in Srebrenica and collected A large amount of physical evidence is irrefutable.
When asked whether reconciliation can be expected based on the truth and facts about war crimes proved by the court, Brammertz replied that trials themselves will not automatically lead to reconciliation, but they provide prerequisites for providing reconciliation opportunities.
“If you want to reach a consensus on a common future, you must reach a consensus on the past. You must accept the established responsibility of the individual who committed the terrible crime. So honestly, I think the ICTY trial and the local trial Levels are very important. They are a prerequisite for providing reconciliation opportunities.”
He believes that politicians who still live in the past and are more willing to talk about the spirit of the past than deal with the problems people face today are the main obstacles to the reconciliation process.
“This is a very disappointing development, and we don’t approve of it,” Brammertz said.