Posted on Jun 08, 2021
A UN court is to rule on former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic's appeal against his conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity.
He was jailed for life in 2017 for his part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, when about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed.
At his appeal hearing in The Hague last August prosecutors urged his conviction on a further genocide charge.
Mladic denounced the tribunal, calling it a child of Western powers.
His lawyers have argued he was far away from Srebrenica when the massacre happened.
The Srebrenica massacre, carried out in an enclave supposed to be under UN protection, was the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.
Mladic, the so-called "Butcher of Bosnia", was one of the last suspects to face trial at the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was arrested in 2011 after 16 years on the run.
In 2017 he was found guilty of genocide over Srebrenica, but acquitted of genocide over his army's 1992 campaign, in which Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats were expelled from their homes or detained in appalling conditions.
In 2016, the same court convicted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of planning the Srebrenica massacre, among other crimes.
His initial 40-year sentence for genocide and war crimes was later increased to life in prison in 2019 - the remainder of which he will serve in the UK.
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