Before the final ruling, Mladic’s bloody heritage divides Bosnia

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (AP) — Ficre Gravovica has given a final ruling by a UN judge on the genocide and other war crimes committed during the 1990s Bosnia and Herzegovina ethnic genocide. When, he wants at least some remorse from the wartime Bosnian-Serbian military commander Ratko Mladic.

Irma, the 11-year-old daughter of Gravovica, was one of the 10,000 civilians killed in the relentless artillery and sniper shots of the Serbian army under Mladic on Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia.

However, it is unlikely that the general known as the “Bosnian slaughterer” would apologize for the ruthless campaign of genocide exp and expulsion.

Approximately 30 years after the worst conflict since World War II, the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands, was the most notorious person in the 1992-1995 war, which killed more than 100,000 people on Tuesday. We plan to end the proceedings against Mladic and left millions of homeless people.

“If he admitted that he made a mistake, he was wrong,” Gravovica said. “But that won’t happen.”

Courts committed crimes, including the 1995 genocide in eastern Srebrenica, and the killing of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosnian men and boys during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. After sentenced Mladic to life imprisonment for mastermind, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017.

Mladic has appealed, but the proceedings have been repeatedly postponed due to his poor health and, more recently, a pandemic of the new coronavirus.

Many want to keep in mind the message that the final ruling will put an end to the families of the victims and that war crimes will not be punished.

Sofia Stolk, a researcher at the TMC Asser Institute in The Hague, said the final decision was important. Its destruction.

Mr Stallk said the Balkans’ reactions to this war crimes trial and other war crimes trials were mixed as expected.

“It has been perceived as an influence on transitional justice and as a contributor to the judiciary for the victims of crimes committed there. And it was also dominated by the West … political trials. Is considered, “said Stolk.

Mladic’s opposite view of the wartime heritage reflects the deep ethnic division that still exists in Bosnia years after the war ended with a US-mediated peace agreement. For the mostly Muslim Bosniaks, he is a villain and a war criminal. However, Bosnian Serbs still worship wartime commanders as martyrs and heroes.

“We cannot accept any verdict,” said Serbian veteran Mirije Radvic, who lives in the town of Foca in eastern Bosnia. “To me he is an icon, and to Serbs he is an icon.”

“No one can convict him, especially in the courts of The Hague,” said Radvic. “He is one of us. He is the victim of an international conspiracy by mafia politicians. He is our man who respected the rules of war, the man who came from here.”

Mladic’s posters, monuments and painted images can be seen in the Serbian-dominated region of Bosnia called the Republika Srpska.

Mladic was charged with war crimes by the Yugoslavia War Crimes Tribunal in 1995, but hid himself until 2011 and escaped the judiciary. He was arrested in 2011 and handed over from neighboring Serbia to Hague by the then pro-Western government. ..

Prior to the final verdict, Mladic’s lawyer has pleaded not guilty to Europe’s only post-WWII Srebrenica massacre and allegations involving involvement in many atrocities, including the siege of Sarajevo.

Meanwhile, prosecutors said Mladic was convicted only in genocide in Srebrenica, and in other areas where Bosnian and Serbian troops under his command tortured, imprisoned, killed, and expelled non-Serbs. I wasn’t happy with the decision.

One such place is Prijedor in northwestern Bosnia. There, residents commemorated more than 100 children killed by Serbs in Bosnia last week. At that time, Bosnians and Croats were arrested and forced to wear white ribbons before being sent to concentration camps.

Mladic’s son, Darco Mladic, claimed in an interview with the Associated Press that his father was innocent and his rights were violated during the trial. The only legally appropriate decision was the first conviction. Is to disable, he said.

“If the law is respected, he should be free to go home,” said Darco Mladic. “I know him so well that I have never doubted him. I also know his character. “

Now 79 years old and in poor health, Mladic, known as a ruthless and fierce commander during the war, personally led the Serbs of Bosnia to create an independent mini-state in the vast region of Bosnia. Mladic remained rebellious during the trial and denounced the court as an anti-Serbian means.

Gravovita, who stood beside the monument to the 1601 children who died in the siege of Sarajevo, said he could not understand such brutality.

“In order for him to behave that way, order him to kill the innocent children who have just come to this world and have just begun to dream,” he said. “My little girl was killed that way. At the age of 11, she was innocent.”

In Srebrenica, thousands of white tombstones of Islamic tradition show the tombs of the victims of the slaughter. They were rounded up by Mladic’s army when they occupied an enlave under the protection of the United Nations at the time. Their bodies are still excavated from dozens of mass burial sites.

“If he could come here now and see these tombstones, everything would be clear to him,” said Julia Jusic, who lost her two sons and 33 other relatives in the slaughter. Said.

“He has to spend the rest of his life in jail. I don’t want to hurt him. I want him to be like I’m looking at the graves of my two sons. It’s just a matter of letting me see my son’s grave, “she said.


Jovana Gec and Dusan Stojanovic from Belgrade, Serbia, Aleksandar Furtula from The Hague, the Netherlands, and Sabina Niksic from Sarajevo, Bosnia contributed to this article.

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