The UN war crimes tribunal rejected a call from Ratko Mladic’s defence for the former Bosnian Serb Army commander to be urgently transferred from the United Nations Detention Unit to a hospital for treatment.
Relatives and friends of 43 people including three children who were killed in the shelling of Sarajevo’s Markale marketplace by Bosnian Serb forces in August 1995 gathered to commemorate the anniversary.
Prosecutors appealed to the UN court to convict former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic of committing genocide in five Bosnian municipalities in 1995 as well as the Srebrenica genocide in 1995.
Bruno Stojic, former defence minister of the unrecognised Bosnian Croat wartime statelet of Herzeg-Bosna, is asking for early release because he will soon have served two-thirds of his 20-year sentence.
Twenty-five years after the killing of nine elderly and disabled civilians who had taken refuge at a school in the Croatian town of Dvor, Serbian and Croatian officials continue to blame the other side’s troops, and no one has ever been charged.
Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic told the UN court in The Hague that his health was “very bad and worsening” as his defence argued that his appeal against conviction should only be held after medical assessments.
The UN court will hear the former Bosnian Serb military chief’s appeal next month against the verdict convicting him of genocide and other wartime crimes, after it was postponed for Mladic to have an operation and delayed again because of the pandemic.
The UN court in The Hague will not reconsider its decision to reject former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic’s plea for judges he claims are biased against him to be disqualified from ruling on his attempts to appeal against his sentence.