Rakto Mladic a former Bosnian Serb army leader has been handed a life sentence after he was found guilty of genocide for atrocities he committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
Verdict proceedings in court were interrupted earlier today when the Mladic legal team claimed his blood pressure was too high to continue.Judge Alphons Orie who was in charge of delivering summation of the case ordered Mladic removal from the courtroom and insisted he could follow up the proceedings either by audio or video.
Rakto Mladic’s legal team pleaded for court proceedings to be halted or the case summation skipped, all these yielded no results as Judge Rakto Mladic refused.
The ex Bosnian Serb army leader was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity and war crimes for his involvement in the conflict of Yugoslavia that happened between 1992-1995.This claimed the lives of over 100,000 innocent people and more than 2 million people displaced.Rakto Mladic was found not guilty on a single charge of genocide.that was no good news as he received a guilty verdict on each of the other 10 counts of genocide.
Mladic’s attorney Dragan Ivetic confirmed Mladic would go for an appeal
Mladic’s trial which commenced in 2012, took place at the ICTY(International Criminal Tribuna for the former Yugoslavia).
It was revealed that Rakto Mladic had a major contribution to the genocide that occurred in Srebrenica in 1995 were up to 7000 Bosniak citizens were all murdered.this tends to be the worst that has happened in Europe since World War II.
The presiding Judge Alphons Orie openly read out the crimes Mladic and his troops committed.
- They raped Bosniak women
- They kept Bosniak prisoners in very bad conditions
- They destroyed homes and mosques in Bosniak
- The reaction of the masses on Mladic conviction
The masses watched the verdict in a memorial center near Srebrenica, and they all showed how happy they were as the Rakto Mladic’ life sentence charges were read out.
Meliha Mrdzic a woman whose father and brother were all killed in Visegrad said she was not happy for Mladic being acquitted for one charge.
“The international community made me a victim a second time,” she said. “They make it seem like we killed ourselves, raped ourselves, slaughtered ourselves. I feel so hurt, I can’t describe it.”
Amela Meduseljac a victim who was raped by Mladic’s soldiers at Visegrad said it will take time for the victims to get over the judgment.