The former commander of the Bosnian Serb army accused of genocide and other crimes during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992-1995
Ratko Mladić. Archived photophoto: Reuters
– The sentence of a former General of the army of Republika Srpska Ratko Mladic will be announced on 22 November, said on Wednesday Serbian broadcaster RTS, citing a communiqué of the Hague Tribunal.
According to RTS, we are talking about the verdict, which may then appeal to the Hague Tribunal, and the lawyers of ex-General.
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Mladic is accused of genocide, persecution, extermination, murder, deportation, forcible displacement of civilians and crimes against humanity. In addition, among the charges included terror, unlawful attacks on civilians, hostage taking and violation of the rules of warfare. He faces life imprisonment.
The trial against Mladic began in may 2012. The trial ended on 15 December 2016.
Recently, the government of Serbia upon request of the protection and Mladic family filed a request to temporarily release him due to health and need of treatment. The answer from the Hague still has not arrived.
The former General was arrested in may 2011 near Belgrade after 12 years on the run. Then he was transferred to the Hague. Mladic, along with the political leader of Bosnian Serbs Radovan Karadzic was considered one of the most wanted members of the then Bosnian Serb leadership.
The charges against the former General relate to war crimes and crimes against humanity during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992-1995, which claimed the lives of 100 thousand people.