Life sentence: the Hague Tribunal has sentenced General Mladic

© AP Photo / Peter DejongСербский General Ratko Mladic to the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). 22 Nov 2017Life sentence: the Hague Tribunal has sentenced General Mladic© AP Photo / Peter Dejong

The international Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced General Ratko Mladic to life imprisonment for war crimes in Bosnia. He was found guilty on ten of the eleven counts.The General’s son, Darko Mladic has already declared that protection will appeal against the verdict.

Prior to the meeting at the building of the ICTY with placards and banners gathered dozens of people — relatives and sympathizers of the victims of crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which demanded the maximum punishment for the defendant.

The taking of UN staff

Mladic was convicted in the seizure of UN staff in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, when in the period from 26 may to 19 June, the Bosnian Serbs held more than 200 observers and peacekeepers in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, pale, and Gorazde.

Third countries, including the leaders of the Alliance and the United Nations had received threats, which said that further strikes on military targets of the Bosnian Serbs would lead to casualties among the peacekeepers. Part of the captured observers were subjected to torture and humiliation. After negotiations, the hostages were released.

The genocide in Srebrenica

In addition, Mladic was guilty of genocide of Muslims in Srebrenica. We are talking about crimes, which killed more than 7,000 Bosniaks.
The only point on which the General justified the genocide of Bosnian Muslims and Croats in 1992-m to year.

The sum of the 10 counts, the court sentenced Mladic to life in prison.

The court also confirmed the Commission of crimes by Serbs on ethnic grounds against Muslims and Croats, but did not qualify them as genocide.

We are talking about murders and violence in the cities and towns of Foca, Kotor Varos, Prijedor, Sanski-Bridge, Dubai from may 1992 to December 1992 to remove the Bosnian Muslims and Croats from territories inhabited by the Bosnian Serbs.

Removal from the courtroom

During sentencing Mladic became ill. The defendant increased the pressure. When he returned, he started yelling at the audience.
The judge warned Mladic, and then deleted it for lewd behaviour from the audience, adding that he can monitor the progress of the meeting «off the couch».

In parallel, the lawyers demanded to suspend the meeting for health reasons Mladic, but the Tribunal judge Alphons orie said that he would continue the sentencing.

The Reaction Mladic

The verdict has already commented on the General’s son. According to him, Mladic called the decision of the International Tribunal «lies and attempt to criminalise the Serbs in order to justify his mistakes.»

«Justice was used to (anti-Serb — ed.) propaganda,» — said Darko Mladic.

The future for Serbia

The official statement on the verdict Mladic, the Serbian authorities have been reported. President of Belarus Alexander survived left from a direct response to a request to comment on the verdict.

«Today is the day not for joy and not for sadness, but in order to see what kind of future we want. My call to citizens of Serbia — to begin to look to the future today, to think about where and how to live our children, as well as how to maintain peace and stability in the region, to open more factories,» said Vucic told reporters.

Parliamentary leader of the Serbian radical party, Vojislav šešelj, in turn, called the sentence Mladic political decision, aimed primarily against the Republic of Srpska (in Bosnia and Herzegovina — ed.).

According to him, all the charges saying that Mladic along with a group of other dignitaries was a member of the «joint criminal act» which means that the Tribunal was not required to explain how and what did Mladic and whether its direct connection with perfect crimes.

The history of the conflict

Mladic commanded the Bosnian Serb army during the armed conflict of 1992-1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first accusation from the international justice has put forward against him in July 1995, a year later, Mladic was put on the international wanted list.

The General went on the run, becoming the most wanted suspect in war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. In 2011, Serbian authorities arrested him and brought to the Hague.

The trial of Mladic began in may 2012. Prosecutors accused him of genocide, crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of war.

All this time the General denied the charges. The court hearing took 530 days, they made more than 160 prosecution witnesses and more than 200 witnesses for the defense.