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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Srebrenica families depart to Hague, Netherlands for verdict

Seeking to meet judges to read a verdict to Ratko Mladic – wartime Bosnian Serb military commander, families of the victims who passed away due to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre fled to the Netherlands from Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo on Sunday.

Almost 30 years post Europe’s worst conflict since World War II, a United Nations war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands, is scheduled on Tuesday in order to close the case against Mladic, the notorious person that  managed to massacre over 100,000 people and rendered millions homeless in the 1992-1995 war.

Mladic was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017 by the tribunal, after convicting him of being the mastermind behind crimes during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, including mass murder in the eastern enclave of Srebrenica in 1995, in which his forces killed over 8,000 Muslim Bosnian men and boys.

The convicted criminal has appealed, however, the case has been continuously delayed due to Mladic’s poor health as well as, more recently, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A majority of people hope that the ultimate ruling is finally going to bring closure for the families of the victims, as well as send out the message to everyone that war crimes can’t be exempted from punishment, therefore justice will be served.

 

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