Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb General known as the Butcher of Bosnia has been found guilty of War Crimes at The Hague. He has been sentenced to Life Imprisonment. Mladic was found guilty of murdering thousands of Muslim people during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. He was also found guilty of murder, extermination, persecution, contributing to genocide and other inhumane acts.
The trial in The Hague, which took 530 days spread over more than four years, is arguably the most significant war crimes case in Europe since the Nuremberg tribunal, in part because of the scale of the atrocities involved. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) heard from 591 witnesses and examined nearly 10,000 exhibits concerning 106 separate crimes.
Mladic was also found guilty of genocide for the massacre at Srebrenica in July 1995, where more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were killed, most by summary execution. The Bosnian Serb political leader, Radovan Karadžić, was convicted of genocide last year for his role in the Srebrenica killings. Mladić was shown on video giving orders to his troops as the army-age men and teenage boys were separated from their families, shortly before the executions began.
The trial is the 85th and final war crimes trial bringing to an end the bloodiest and most horrific times in Europe since the second world war.