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Appeal against genocide conviction: Mladic faces final verdict

DW, 08 Jun 2021
Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic was sentenced by a UN war crimes tribunal to life imprisonment for genocide and appealed.

The judges found the accused guilty of the Srebrenica genocide in the summer of 1995, and convicted Mladic of persecuting Bosniaks and Croats throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and terrorizing the civilian population of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital besieged during the 1992-95 war.

Between April 1992 and July 1995, the Bosnian Serb army under his command attacked, looted and destroyed towns and villages in Bosnia. About 100,000 people were killed, and there were systematic expulsions of the non-Serb population and mass rapes of non-Serb women. Mladic was also charged with taking members of the United Nations peacekeeping forces (UNPROFOR) hostage.

In 2017, the tribunal found Mladic guilty on 10 of the 11 charges, acquitting him of the charge of genocide in six Bosnian municipalities in 1992. The judge's ruling was the Hague tribunal's last first-instance verdict — the appeal ruling due on June 8, four years later, will be the first ruling of its successor institution, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMTC).

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