UN court upholds conviction of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic on war crimes charges

The UN court ruled to uphold the genocide and war crimes convictions of former Bosnian Serb military chief Mladic in his final appeal.

UN judges on Tuesday dismissed Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s appeal against his life sentence for genocide over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, Europe’s worst act of bloodshed since World War II.

“The appeals chamber affirmed the sentence of life imprisonment imposed on Mr Mladic by the trial chamber,” the Yugoslav tribunal in The Hague said in a statement, adding that it also upheld his convictions for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic was sentenced by a UN war crimes tribunal to life imprisonment for genocide — and appealed.

The judges found the accused guilty of the Srebrenica genocide in the summer of 1995, and convicted Mladic of persecuting Bosniaks and Croats throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and terrorizing the civilian population of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital besieged during the 1992-95 war.

Between April 1992 and July 1995, the Bosnian Serb army under his command attacked, looted and destroyed towns and villages in Bosnia. About 100,000 people were killed, and there were systematic expulsions of the non-Serb population and mass rapes of non-Serb women. Mladic was also charged with taking members of the United Nations peacekeeping forces (UNPROFOR) hostage. /Compiled from wires