Bosnia & Herzegovina

BiH: Ratko Mladic life sentence confirmed

Former Republika Srpska Army Commander General Ratko Mladić was sentenced to life in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (MICT).

The mechanism on Tuesday confirmed the first-instance decision.

According to Judge Prisca Matimba Nyambe, the Appeals Chamber found that Mladic’s rights had not been violated by the fact that some incidents were not mentioned in the indictment, as well as by the inclusion of facts from other cases and by the fact that he was suffering from a difficult situation. health.

Judge Nyambe noted her dissenting opinion on all points.

Speaking about the Joint Criminal Enterprise (JCE), which aimed to permanently remove Bosniaks and Croats from BiH territory claimed by Serbs, Nyambe stressed that Mladic had contributed significantly to a comprehensive JCE since 12 May 1992. Complaints The Chamber found that Mladić had failed to prove that the Chamber had erred in its method of drawing conclusions concerning the JCE. Mladić did not show that the Chamber erred in its assessment of the evidence it considered exculpatory.

The same was said about the terror and bombing of Sarajevo. His appeal was also rejected on this point and his guilt for JCE for Sarajevo was confirmed.

It was also confirmed that Mladilad was guilty of genocide in Srebrenica as well as mass persecution in that area. Judge Nyambe also expressed a dissenting opinion on this point.

It was confirmed that Mladić was in constant contact with the Republika Srpska Army headquarters and that he was aware of the operations in Srebrenica.

The chamber also rejected all complaints filed by the Prosecution Office, including one regarding “genocide in six other municipalities in Republika Srpska”.

In the first reactions, Republika Srpska political leaders expressed dissatisfaction and Bosnian leaders’ feelings were the opposite.

The ruling, by which the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the MICT as its legal successor terminated their latest case over the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was handed down by a courtroom chaired by Judge Prisca Matimba Nyambe . The other members of the courtroom are Aminatta Lois Runeni N’gums, Seymour Panton, Elizabeth Ibanda-Nahamya and Mustapha El Baaj.

The UN tribunal, formerly known as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), sentenced Mladic on November 22, 2017, in a first-instance sentence to life in prison.

Mladic was a Bosnian Serb military leader during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and trial judges found him responsible for overseeing the 1995 killing of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern BiH town of Srebrenica, known as as Srebrenica genocide.

Judges find Mladic responsible for ethnic cleansing campaigns against BiH Muslims and Croats, and killing and terrorizing civilians in the BiH capital Sarajevo during a 43-month siege as part of a plan to falsify a “Greater Serbia” from parts of the former Yugoslavia.

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