NPR has reported that former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic (74) was found guilty by The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and was sentenced to life for orchestrating the mass murder of Ethnic Muslims during the Bosnian Civil War, most notably the mass murder of 8000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. Mladic’s reign of terror during the Bosnian War started in May of ’92 and ended in November of ’95 when the war ended. Mladic is the last of 161 individuals who were arrested and tried for atrocities committed during the conflict. Mladic was one of three big-name players to be tried. Last year Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb leader, was convicted for his role in the atrocities during the war, he was sentenced to 40 years. Former Serbian leader Slobodon Milosevic AKA the ‘Butcher of the Balkans’, died in 2006 while still on trial.
Mladic’s attorneys have stated that Mladic will seek an appeal from the tribunal which Mladic during the five and a half year trial refused to recognize and called it “Satanic”, this coming from a man who made a cutthroat gesture at a witness back in 2012. The atrocities during the Bosnian War is said to have been the worse seen in Europe since WWII and with Mladic’s conviction will make it the final case to be tried by the ICTY who will disband by the end of December ending the 24-year long quest for justice.