In the case of Ratko Mladic, nicknamed “The Butcher of Bosnia,” which was sentenced to life imprisonment by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands, the final decision will be made on June 8th.
While the appeals hearings against Mladic’s objection were held on August 25 and 26, 2020, Mladic, 78, whose request for a postponement had been rejected for health reasons, attended the hearing in person and presented his defense.
The trial began in 2012
He was arrested in Serbia on May 26, 2011, and 16 years after the arrest warrant was issued in 1996, Mladic’s trial began in May 2012.
Under the heading “Genocide”, it was decided that the goal of the Serbian forces led by Mladic, who was found guilty of what happened in Srebrenica in 1995, was to cleanse Srebrenica of the Bosnian Muslims.
This target was reported to be the joint plan of the leader of the Serbian war criminals, Radovan Karadzic and Mladic.
Many war crimes were blamed
Mladic was the leader of the Serbs in the Bosnian war in 1992-1995, responsible for the genocide in Srebrenica.
In addition to the siege of Sarajevo and various war crimes against Mladic, the outcome of the trial lasted 6 years at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
He has been attributed the terms “genocide” and “crime against humanity”, and “has been sentenced to life imprisonment for violating the rules of war.”
Mladic was also convicted of attacking civilians in the capital, Sarajevo, which was besieged by Serbian forces in 1992-1995 and captured UN observers in 1995.
The mothers of Srebrenica want to find the victims of the genocide
Mladic contested the ruling in July 2017, claiming that he “did not have a fair trial,” and that “the judges made a material and legal error in issuing their verdicts,” and demanded an acquittal or a retrial.
Pending his conviction in Scheveningen Prison in The Hague, Mladic filed an application in June 2018 to IRMCT.
Which took over the cases of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to replace the appellate judges Theodor Meron, Carmel Agios and Leo Dacon, on the grounds that they were biased against him.