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Ratko Mladic's life sentence likely to trigger protests in Serbia, Bosnia; minor property, vehicle damage probable

23 November 2017


On 22 November 2017, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced Ratko Mladić, former Commander in the Bosnian Serb Army, to life in prison.

Mladić was convicted of genocide, persecution, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. The Tribunal found that Mladić was instrumental in the commission of crimes by Serb forces in the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) between 1992 and 1995. Mladić pleaded not guilty to all charges and will appeal the sentence. Non-violent protests attracting between several dozen and few hundred people against Mladić’s sentence took place in Serbia and Republika Srpska (RS), the Serb-majority entity of BiH.

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