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Mladić (IT-09-92) (MICT case page)

Trial Judgment: 22 November 2017; Appeal pending at MICT

Ratko Mladic, Commander of the Main Staff of the Army of Republika Srpska, stood trial for allegedly having planned, instigated, ordered, committed otherwise aided and abetted the commission of crimes against Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats, and other non-Serbs including the removal of non-Serbs from Bosnian-Serb claimed territory through the use of force, terror, persecutions and forced transfer; the genocide of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica through the forced deportation and transfer of Bosniak women and children, forced separation of Bosniak men, and execution of Bosniak men; and the establishment of persecutions against non-Serb populations, including through forced labor, rape and sexual violence, cruel treatment, summary executions, unlawful detention, and inhumane treatment; this case marks the final trial judgment by the ICTY. The Prosecution accused him of participation in a joint criminal enterprise and individual and superior criminal responsibility for genocide in Srebrenica and the municipalities; crimes against humanity for persecutions, extermination, murder, deportation, and inhumane acts of forcible transfer; and violations of the laws or customs of war for murder, terror, unlawful attacks on civilians, and taking of hostages.

In 2017, the Trial Chamber convicted Mladic of genocide in Srebrenica and all charges of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war that he faced in his indictment. The Trial Chamber sentenced Mladic to life imprisonment.

Mladic’s appeal is pending at the MICT.