‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide

‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Ratko Mladic convicted of genocide

UN war crimes tribunal convicted Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the slaughter of Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s.

The trial of the man dubbed “The Butcher of Bosnia” is the last before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and comes as the court prepares to close its doors next month.

He was convicted for the massacre of more than 7,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995 and the siege of Sarajevo in which more than 10,000 people died, according to BBC.

From 1992 to 1995, the tribunal found, Mr. Mladic, 75, was the chief military organizer of the campaign to drive Muslims, Croats and other non-Serbs off their lands to cleave a new homogeneous statelet for Bosnian Serbs.

Earlier, Mladic was dragged out of his judgement hearing, after he started shouting at war crimes judges that they were lying.

Presiding judge Alphons Orie ordered him removed from the courtroom just after denying a defence request to halt the proceedings due to Mladic’s high blood pressure.

“They are lying, you are lying. I don’t feel good,” Mladic shouted, refusing to sit down, before being hustled out of the courtroom by two UN security guards to a nearby room where he could watch the rest of the proceedings.

His outburst came after the judges refused to halt the reading of the verdict.

After a surprise break requested by Mladic which lasted about 45 minutes, defence lawyer Dragan Ivetic returned to tell the judges that Mladic’s blood pressure had been taken three times by nurses.

According to British and US medical organisations, that meant that Mladic was in a “hypertensive crisis” and continuing the hearing could lead to “fatality”, Ivetic said.

But the judges disagreed with the findings, and refused to adjourn the hearing.

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