By Silja Froelich
Photo Above: Ratko Mladić © UN Criminal Tribunal
Former Bosnian Serb commander, Ratko Mladic, known as the “Butcher of Bosnia” has been found guilty of genocide at the UN tribunal in The Hague.
The sentence comes as a result of Mladic’s perpetration of the worst atrocities of the 1990s Bosnian war.
He was convicted of the massacre of more than 7,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) boys and men at Srebrenica in 1995, and the siege of Sarajevo in which more than 10,000 people died. Mladic was sentenced to life in prison.
Mladic was the military commander of Bosnian Serb forces in the 1990s, against Bosnian Croat and Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) armies.
The worst crime of which Mr Mladic has been found guilty happened 50 miles north of Sarajevo, in Srebrenica, a Bosniak enclave under UN protection.
In July 1995 Mr Mladic’s forces overran it and detained thousands of men and boys aged between 12 and 77. Over the next days, more than 7,000 men and boys were executed and buried by bulldozers in mass graves. It was the worst genocide since the Holocaust.
Nedzad Avdic only survived the massacre because he was lying between the corpses of his father and his brother for hours, pretending to be dead. He had been shot into the arm, the foot and the belly, and wants to see justice happen after 22 years.
Avdic said: “Mladic as a person is not important, but the ruling itself is, so the Serbian politics accept the genocide and the international rulings and stop neglecting it.”
Besides his brother and his father, he lost another five family members in the genocide.
He said: “The massacre of Srebrenica should never be forgotten.”