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Netherlands: Trial of Mladic at UN war crimes court continues

Netherlands, The Hague
May 28, 2013 at 09:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Netherlands: Trial of Mladic at UN war crimes court continues

The trial continues against former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic on Tuesday with a hearing at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Hague. The court was established by the United Nations in 1993 to prosecute serious crimes committed during the wars in former Yugoslavia. It is also the first war crimes court created by the UN and the first international war crimes tribunal since the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials.

In 1995 the UN indicted Mladic for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the conflicts in the Balkans. He is accused of being responsible for the siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre. Captured in Serbia in 2011 after 14 years of being a fugitive, the 71-year-old, who was dubbed by the media as "The Butcher of Bosnia," faces 11 charges in total for his role in Bosnia's war from 1992 to 1995 that left 100,000 people dead.

Mladic began his military life in 1961 and was quick to rise through the ranks to become the commander of the Yugoslav Army in Sarajevo, followed by the leader of the newly founded Bosnian Serb army in 1992. One particular incident made Mladic notorious, the Srebrencia massacre.

7,500 Bosnian men and boys were taken from their homes and murdered in Srebrenica, then buried in mass graves in 1995. Women were forcibly removed, along with young children and some elderly men as part of a mass ethnic cleansing programme.

Mladic faces charges on two counts of genocide, persecutions, exterminations, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians and the taking of hostages. His current ill health, reportedly due to suffering from a series of strokes, has delayed proceedings at the UN tribunal.

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Netherlands: Trial of Mladic at UN war crimes court continues

The trial continues against former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic on Tuesday with a hearing at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Hague. The court was established by the United Nations in 1993 to prosecute serious crimes committed during the wars in former Yugoslavia. It is also the first war crimes court created by the UN and the first international war crimes tribunal since the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials.

In 1995 the UN indicted Mladic for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the conflicts in the Balkans. He is accused of being responsible for the siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre. Captured in Serbia in 2011 after 14 years of being a fugitive, the 71-year-old, who was dubbed by the media as "The Butcher of Bosnia," faces 11 charges in total for his role in Bosnia's war from 1992 to 1995 that left 100,000 people dead.

Mladic began his military life in 1961 and was quick to rise through the ranks to become the commander of the Yugoslav Army in Sarajevo, followed by the leader of the newly founded Bosnian Serb army in 1992. One particular incident made Mladic notorious, the Srebrencia massacre.

7,500 Bosnian men and boys were taken from their homes and murdered in Srebrenica, then buried in mass graves in 1995. Women were forcibly removed, along with young children and some elderly men as part of a mass ethnic cleansing programme.

Mladic faces charges on two counts of genocide, persecutions, exterminations, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians and the taking of hostages. His current ill health, reportedly due to suffering from a series of strokes, has delayed proceedings at the UN tribunal.

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