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Netherlands: Nikolic gives evidence of 'ethnic cleansing' at Mladic trial00:39

Netherlands: Nikolic gives evidence of 'ethnic cleansing' at Mladic trial

Netherlands, The Hague, Den Haag
May 30, 2013 at 08:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Netherlands: Nikolic gives evidence of 'ethnic cleansing' at Mladic trial

The trial of Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic continued in The Hague on Thursday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The court was set up by the United Nations in 1993 to deal with war crimes committed during the Balkans conflicts in the 1990s.

The UN indicted Mladic in 1995 for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the Yugoslav Wars, when he commanded the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS). He is accused of ordering the Siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre. Momir Nikolic, who served as Assistant Chief of Security and Intelligence for the VRS' Bratunac Brigade, gave evidence at the trial. His unit was engaged in operations that led to the Srebrenica massacre.

Between 7,500 and 8,400 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered in and around the town of Srebrenica in 1995, before being buried in mass graves. Units of the VRS carried out the massacre, with several paramilitary units also participating. Up to 30,000 Bosnian inhabitants were then forcibly removed from the Srebrenica enclave, an act seen as evidence of the genocidal intent of members of the VRS Main Staff.

After 14 years on the run, Mladic was captured in Serbia in 2011 and extradited to The Hague. He faces a total of 11 charges related to his role in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, in which over 100,000 died. The charges include two counts of genocide, persecutions, exterminations, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians and the taking of hostages.

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Netherlands: Nikolic gives evidence of 'ethnic cleansing' at Mladic trial

The trial of Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic continued in The Hague on Thursday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The court was set up by the United Nations in 1993 to deal with war crimes committed during the Balkans conflicts in the 1990s.

The UN indicted Mladic in 1995 for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the Yugoslav Wars, when he commanded the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS). He is accused of ordering the Siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre. Momir Nikolic, who served as Assistant Chief of Security and Intelligence for the VRS' Bratunac Brigade, gave evidence at the trial. His unit was engaged in operations that led to the Srebrenica massacre.

Between 7,500 and 8,400 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered in and around the town of Srebrenica in 1995, before being buried in mass graves. Units of the VRS carried out the massacre, with several paramilitary units also participating. Up to 30,000 Bosnian inhabitants were then forcibly removed from the Srebrenica enclave, an act seen as evidence of the genocidal intent of members of the VRS Main Staff.

After 14 years on the run, Mladic was captured in Serbia in 2011 and extradited to The Hague. He faces a total of 11 charges related to his role in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, in which over 100,000 died. The charges include two counts of genocide, persecutions, exterminations, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians and the taking of hostages.