Ratko Mladic guilty of genocide, sentenced to life
Former Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladic was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of genocide during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995.
Former Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladic was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after being found guilty of genocide for atrocities committed during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995.
Verdict proceedings had been interrupted earlier when the 74-year-old’s legal team claimed that his blood pressure was too high to continue.
After outbursts from Mladic, Judge Alphons Orie, who was delivering a summation of the case, ordered the removal of the ex-general, telling him he could monitor proceedings by audio and video.
“I am very distraught,” Mladic shouted inside the courtroom. “Everything that you have said is pure lies. Shame on you. It’s all lies.”
Mladic’s legal team had asked for proceedings to be halted or for the summation of the case to be skipped, which the Judge refused.
Mladic was charged with two counts of genocide and nine crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia from 1992 to 1995, during which 100,000 people were killed and another 2.2 million displaced.
He was found not guilty on one charge of genocide, but received a guilty verdict on each of the other 10 counts.
Mladic’s lawyer, Dragan Ivetic, said it was “certain” Mladic would appeal.