It is a historic condemnation. International justice on Tuesday June 8 confirmed on appeal the life sentence of former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995. .
“The appeals chamber confirms the sentence of life imprisonment against Mr. Mladic”, said in a statement the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, which, from The Hague, rejected the appeal of the former general, found guilty in particular of genocide for his role in the massacre of Srebrenica.
Conviction hailed by the United States and the UN
This condemnation was immediately welcomed by the American President, Joe Biden, as well as by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “This historic judgment shows that those who commit horrible crimes are well held responsible”, judged the American leader in a press release.
The verdict “Underscores the determination of international justice to hold them to account, however long it takes. And in Mladic’s case, it will have been almost three decades after his heinous crimes ”, for his part declared Mme Bachelet in a joint statement with Alice Wairimu Nderitu, special advisor to the UN Secretary General for the prevention of genocide.