Mladic Loses Genocide Appeal

Kamilla Sorskar Engen, Head of International Affairs

7 Jun 2021

In 2017, Mladic was sentenced to life in prison by the ICTY after he was found guilty on 10 of 11 charges, due to his role in the Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim (Bosniak) men and boys in 1995, as well as other atrocities committed during the Bosnian war from 1992 – 1995. The Srebrenica killings remain the worst massacre to have occurred in Europe since World War II. Mladic was charged with two counts of genocide and nine war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was found not guilty on one count of genocide, however he was found guilty on the remaining 10 counts.

The trial began in 2012 at the ICTY in the Hague, Netherlands. The ICTY was established in 1993 to prosecute crimes and atrocities committed during the Balkans war. Mladic, who has maintained his innocence throughout, condemned the tribunal during an appeal hearing last year, denouncing it as a child of the Western powers, the charges against him ‘loathsome’, and the tribunal ‘satanic’. He was one of the last suspects to face trial at the ICTY after spending 16 years in hiding before his arrest in 2011.

As of now, it is unknown where he will serve his sentence.

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