Ratko Mladic

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Karadzic: I Should Be Rewarded

Trial begins for alleged mastermind of Srebrenica massacre

(Newser) - Radovan Karadzic's trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity began today in the Hague, but the former Bosnian Serb leader insisted in his 90-minute opening statement that rather than being punished for what happened during the war, "I should be rewarded for all the good things... More »

520 Newly IDed Srebrenica Victims to Be Buried

Victims will be memorialized in funeral at genocide site

(Newser) - Seventeen years after the massacre at Srebrenica, 520 newly identified victims will be buried there, the AP reports. Serb forces killed 8,000 men and boys during the 1995 genocide, and new victims are still being found in mass graves throughout Bosnia. More than 5,000 victims of the massacre... More »

Mladic's War Crimes Trial Halted

Prosecution failed to disclose evidence to defense

(Newser) - Justice for the accused Butcher of Bosnia is once again on hold: Ratko Mladic's war crimes trial was suspended today in only its second day, after it came to light that the prosecution had failed to disclose some evidence against Mladic to the defense as required. It's not... More »

As Trial Begins, Mladic Taunts Survivors

Sarcastically claps, draws finger across throat

(Newser) - The war crimes trial for Ratko Mladic opened today in the Hague, and the Bosnian Serb general once again made no attempt to appear sympathetic. He gave a thumbs-up and slowly clapped his hands sarcastically as the trial began, waving and smirking at the rows of survivors and relatives of... More »

Judges Order Disruptive Mladic Out of Court

He spoke out of turn ... and insisted on wearing a cap

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic made his second appearance before the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal today, and it was kind of a mess. The AP reports that a "defiant, disruptive, and argumentative" Mladic continually yelled at judges during the arraignment, ignored their orders, and refused to enter pleas to 11 charges—all... More »

Boy in Chilling Srebrenica Pic 'Glad' Mladic Captured

Izudin Alic just wanted the general's chocolate

(Newser) - It's a chilling image: Ratko Mladic, the accused mastermind of the Srebrenica massacre, pats a tow-headed Muslim boy on the head and assures him all will be safe—a simple gift of chocolate just hours before the spilling of so much blood. The AP went looking for the boy... More »

Mladic Calls Charges 'Obnoxious'

He also calls himself a gravely ill man in first appearance at The Hague

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic is definitely not playing ball: In his first appearance at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal at The Hague today, Mladic called himself a "gravely ill man" and refused to enter pleas to what he called "obnoxious charges." Asked by the presiding judge if he understood... More »

Lawyer: Mladic Has Cancer

Document indicates he underwent chemotherapy at Serbian hospital

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic's lawyer says he can prove the suspected war criminal has cancer. Milos Saljic showed the AP a copy of a 2009 document that purports to show that Mladic was treated at a Serbian hospital between April and July of that year, and that he was diagnosed with... More »

Mladic Arrives in The Hague

He will spend the night in a UN isolation cell

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic has arrived at The Hague. The former Bosnian Serb military commander was placed in a UN detention unit to await trial on genocide charges; he will spend the night in an isolation cell. War crimes tribunal staff were first handing him his indictment and explaining the rules and... More »

West's Stalling Made Mladic's Slaughter Worse

US, NATO deserves part of the blame for this monster: Christopher Hitchens

(Newser) - Western nations are to blame for not sooner confronting alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic and Serbian forces in the Balkans, making the violence there much worse and last much longer than it should have, writes Christopher Hitchens in Slate . "The monstrous character of Mladic and his movement needed no... More »

Did Daughter's Death Drive Mladic Crazy?

Also: Tribunal denies bid to avoid extradition

(Newser) - No surprise here: A tribunal in Serbia had little sympathy for Ratko Mladic's reported ill health and denied his bid to avoid extradition to the Hague to face war crimes charges. He could be on a plane within hours, reports the BBC . Earlier today, officials allowed Mladic to visit... More »

Citing Health, Mladic Appeals Extradition

Lawyer says he is physically, mentally unfit for trial

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic's lawyer today appealed the war crimes suspect's extradition order, calling Mladic physically and mentally unfit for trial. The New York Times reports that the move will likely cause a brief delay in Mladic's transfer from Serbia to The Hague; if the appeal is denied, he'... More »

How Mladic Finally Got Caught

'New York Times' delves into slow strategy that paid off

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic remained hidden for years, as investigators slowly and methodically drained him of money and supporters—until, when he was caught, the accused war criminal had just $800 and repeatedly demanded his military pension of 140 euros a month, which had been frozen since 2005. The New York Times... More »

Son: Mladic Had Nothing to Do With Srebrenica

Darko Mladic says dad ordered evacuation, not responsible for whatever went on behind his back

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic claims he had nothing to do with the massacre of 8,000 men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica when it fell during the 1992-1995 war, his son said today. Darko Mladic said his father denies ordering the massacre—the worst atrocity in Europe since the... More »

Mladic to Be Extradited to Hague

Judge brushes aside concerns that Mladic is in poor health

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic can be extradited to the international war crimes tribunal at The Hague to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, a Serbian judge ruled today, brushing aside concerns that the former military leader was in poor health. Mladic has three days to appeal the decision, the LA ... More »

Ruthless Ratko Mladic Nicknamed Himself 'God'

Former Bosnian Serb general wanted his troops to treat him that way, too

(Newser) - Gen. Ratko Mladic's ruthlessness was legendary: "Burn their brains!" he once bellowed as his men pounded Sarajevo with artillery fire. So was his arrogance: He nicknamed himself "God" and ordered his troops to obey his commands as if they came from on high. The former Bosnian... More »

Who's Left on World's Most Wanted List?

Sudanese president, al-Qaeda deputy make the cut

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden is dead. Ratko Mladic was captured in Serbia today, striking another name from the world's most wanted list. So who's left? AP takes a look at the war criminals and terrorists still out of reach:
  • Omar al-Bashir: The president of Sudan is wanted for crimes
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Serbia: We've Got Ratko Mladic

President confirms arrest of longtime war crimes fugitive

(Newser) - Ratko Mladic, Europe's most notorious war crimes fugitive whose long years on the lam have thwarted Serbia's EU membership, has been arrested, confirms Serbian President Boris Tadic in a rushed news conference this morning. "On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, we announce that Ratko Mladic has... More »

Fugitive War Criminal May Be Living Freely

Bosnian TV purports to show Ratko Mladic at wedding, out with family

(Newser) - Bosnian television has aired what it calls footage of Ratko Mladic, the notorious Serbian war criminal on the lam since 1995, including a video it says was filmed last winter, reports the BBC. The footage, whose veracity has been disputed, seems to show Mladic living peacefully in a Belgrade suburb,... More »

My Meeting With the Monster of the Balkans

Karadzic was terrifying at negotating table, writes Holbrooke

(Newser) - When Richard Holbrooke led the process that resulted in the Dayton Accords and the end of the war in Bosnia, he knew that sending Radovan Karadzic to the Hague was necessary to bring peace to the Balkans. Now, after 12 "inexcusable" years on the run, he has been arrested,... More »

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