War criminal Ratko Mladic’s appeal against Genocide Conviction to be heard in August

Ahmed Farooq, International Law Officer

After two postponements, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (‘IRMCT’) is finally set to hear Ratko Mladic’s appeal hearing against international crimes in late August this year. The case, which was first postponed because of the Bosnian Serb Military Chief’s health, and then due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will see steps towards justice for the involvement of the former Bosnian Serb military commander in the Yugoslav Wars.

Mladic was sentenced to life imprisonment after the UN Court found him guilty of genocide and other international crimes in 2017. His culpability largely stemmed from the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica and the persecution of Bosniaks and Croats throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mladic’s Defence team appealed against the conviction, as did the Prosecution. The Prosecution, however, called for Mladic to be held guilty of additional international crimes.

The UN Court will now hear Mladic’s appeal on August 25, followed by the Prosecution’s appeal on August 26.

Read more about the IRMCT here: https://www.irmct.org/en/about.
For background on the Mladic case, check out the ICTRM website: https://www.irmct.org/en/cases/mict-13-56.