Ratko Mladic, former Bosnian Serb military commander known as the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’, has been found guilty of the murders of some 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys, as well as those killed in the ‘Siege of Sarajevo’, in which over 10,000 people died.
Mladic has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the UN tribunal. The case had been ongoing since 2012.
The former commander, now 74 years old, was removed from the courtroom just prior to the reading of his sentence due to shouting at the judges. A request from his doctor to have him removed from the courtroom due to his high blood pressure had previously been denied.
Mladic had gone into hiding after the war’s end in 1995, but was relocated and captured in 2011 in Northen Serbia. Mladic’s 16-year ensconcement had been supported by his family and friends, as well as various remnants of the security forces.
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