Ratko Mladic was sentenced to life in prison

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He was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the bloodiest chapter of European history since World War II being convicted on 10 of 11 counts. The judgment came after a trial that lasted more than four years, and involved testimony from nearly 600 witnesses. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia was set up more than two decades ago by the U.N. Security Council. “Mladic is the epitome of evil, and the prosecution of Mladic is the epitome of what international justice is all about,” said U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein. Most horrific was the Mladic-directed July 1995 massacre of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.

memorial-center-near-Srebenica
Memorial center near Srebenica

After his first indictment in 1995, Mladic evaded arrest for 16 years, despite the presence of thousands of NATO soldiers in the region for much of that time. It was found hiding in a village near the Serbia-Romania border. Mladic’s attorneys said now he will appeal the verdict, and continued to deny the charges. Bosnian Muslims who lost loved ones in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre said on Wednesday no punishment was enough for Ratko Mladic despite conviction.

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