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74-yr-old ex-Serbian commander sentenced to life in prison for genocide

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Judge Alphons Orie of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has sentenced ex-Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic to life in prison for genocide.

According to judge Orie, the 74-year-old “significantly contributed” to genocide and war crimes committed at Srebrenica during the Balkan conflict more than two decades ago.

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He ruled that the perpetrators of the crimes committed in Srebrenica intended to destroy the Muslims living there and ruled that Mladic carried out and personally oversaw a deadly campaign of sniping and shelling in Sarajevo.

“The crimes committed rank among the most heinous known to humankind,” he said.

Mladic who appeared relaxed in court while the judges read his verdict was later excused after he shouted at the judges when he was refused an adjournment but his lawyer said he needed a break for treatment of high blood pressure.

 

 

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