‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Mladic to hear final verdict in genocide case

‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Mladic to hear final verdict in genocide case

UN judges to rule on Bosnian Serb military chief’s appeal against genocide conviction for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.


Appeals judges are preparing to hand down a verdict against former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, ending the last Bosnian genocide trial before the UN court for the former Yugoslavia.

Mladic, 78, led Bosnian Serb forces during the 1992-95 Bosnian War.

Known as the “Butcher of Bosnia”, he was convicted in 2017 on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes including terrorising the civilian population of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo during a 43-month siege and the killing of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica, Bosnia, in 1995.

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It was the worst massacre on European soil since World War II and remains the only episode of genocide in the continent recognised by two international courts.

Tuesday’s judgment a five-judge panel is being led by Zambian Presiding Judge Prisca Matimba Nyambe.

Judges will start reading out their ruling at 3pm local time (13:00 GMT).