Serbia, once the most powerful Yugoslav republic, is now democratic and seeking ties to the European Union.
The mothers of Srebrenica’s victims clapped when the convictions were read out. The court was totally biased from the start.” Despite his ailing health, Mladic looked relaxed, greeting lawyers and giving a thumbs-up to photographers in court.
He nodded regularly as the judge read out descriptions of atrocities by Bosnian Serb forces, one by one.
“The atrocities perpetrated in the Balkans in the 1990s marked one of Europe’s darkest periods.
We must join together to ensure it never happens again.” Lord Ashdown, who was the international community’s high representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 to 2006, welcomed the conviction.
However, Judge Orie said the court was “not convinced” of genocidal intent in six other municipalities, in line with previous judgments.
The long-awaited judgement marks the end of the final trial at the tribunal, which was set up in 1993 while fierce fighting was still raging in Bosnia.Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military general known as the “Butcher of Bosnia”, has been found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and sentenced to life in prison.Mladic was found guilty of commanding forces responsible for crimes which include the worst atrocities during Bosnia‘s devastating 1992-95 war: the deadly three-year siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, and the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica – Europe’s worst mass killing since World War II.Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said the decision showed that “however hard they might try, those who perpetrate atrocities cannot outrun justice”.He added: “Ratko Mladic’s conviction for genocide in Srebrenica will not bring back the thousands who lost their lives, but it does demonstrate that the architects of their suffering will be held to account.When Mladic’s lawyer asked for a delay because the general was suffering high blood pressure, the judge refused, and Mladic burst out with criticism and was ordered to leave the room.