The decision by the UN court in The Hague last month to uphold the life sentence handed down to former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic takes the number of life terms imposed for involvement in the Srebrenica genocide to five.
Ahead of the initial verdict in the last trial at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, BIRN looks back on the landmark judgments, controversies, successes and failures in the UN court’s mission to seek justice for the atrocities of the 1990s.
Facebook removed a video posted by the Bosnian Serb ruling party that praised Ratko Mladic after his conviction for genocide and other wartime crimes, and warned that the party could face a ban if it continues to spread ethnic hatred.
Serbian pro-government newspapers condemned what they claimed was the unjust conviction of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, although most government ministers stayed quiet about the verdict.
Bosnian war survivors want former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic to be found guilty this week of genocide in five Bosnian municipalities in 1992 as well as genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, but experts believe this is unlikely to happen.
Before this week’s final verdict in Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic’s trial, BIRN a presents a photographic essay showing the places where the crimes in his indictment were committed, accompanied by quotes from key witnesses.
The UN court will deliver Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic’s final verdict next week, but dozens of his associates who have been accused or convicted of Bosnian war crimes now live in Serbia with little fear of prosecution.
Mothers of Srebrenica genocide victims are awaiting the final verdict in Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s trial next week - but as the years have passed, some mothers who followed the trial intently have died before seeing the justice they craved.
He was a devoted Yugoslav soldier, then a war crimes suspect on the run - now former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic awaits his final court verdict for the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II.