Former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladi? was sentenced to life imprisonment Nov. 22 by the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), for crimes committed during the Bosnian conflict from 1992 to 1996. Mladi? was found guilty of two counts of genocide, crimes against humanity (five counts: persecutions; extermination; murder; deportation; and inhuman acts), and violations of the laws or customs of war (four counts: murder; terror; unlawful attacks on civilians; and taking of hostages).
The summary of the judgment reads:
In determining the appropriate sentence to be imposed, the Chamber has taken into account the gravity of the crimes of which Mr. Mladi? has been found guilty. The crimes committed rank among the most heinous known to humankind and include genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity.
Mladi?'s sentencing marks the finale in a case spanning nearly two decades, beginning with his arrest warrant in 1996, followed by his 2011 arrest, the opening of his trial in May 2012, followed by several postponements over procedural issues. In December 2016, closing arguments were held, and prosecutors urged the judges to impose a life sentence.
From Jurist, Nov. 22. Used with permission.