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Profile: Ratko Mladic
Along with Mr Karadzic, he came to symbolise the Serb campaign of ethnic cleansing of Croats and Muslims and is one of the most wanted suspects from the Bosnia conflict.
He has been indicted by the UN war crimes tribunal on charges of genocide and other crimes against humanity - including the massacre of at least 7,500 Muslim men and boys from the town of Srebrenica in 1995.
- Complicity in genocide
- Crimes against humanity
- Violations of laws or customs of war
Have You Seen This Man!?
- Present family name: MLADIC
- Forename: RATKO
- Sex: MALE
- Date of birth: 12 March 1942 (63 years old)
- Place of birth: BOZINOVICI, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Language spoken: SERBO CROAT
- Nationality: Former Yugoslavia
Height: 1.70 meter 67 inches
Colour of eyes: BLUE
Distinguishing marks and characteristics: STOCKY BUILD, HIGHLY COLOURED COMPLEXION
Offences: ASSAULT , CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY , CRIMES AGAINST LIFE AND HEALTH , GRAVE BREACHES OF THE 1949 GENEVA CONVENTIONS , MURDER , PLUNDER , VIOLATIONS OF THE LAWS OR CUSTOMS OF WAR
Arrest Warrant Issued by: / ICTY/INTL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
Indictment by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
On July 24, 1995, Mladic' was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, and numerous war crimes (including crimes relating to the alleged sniping campaign against civilians in Sarajevo). On November 16, 1995, the charges were expanded to include charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for the attack on the United Nations-declared safe area of Srebrenica in July 1995. Mladic' is also responsible for the taking of hostages amongst UN peace-keeping personnel.
6-8 July 1995:
Bosnian Serb forces had laid siege to the Srebrenica enclave, where tens of thousands of civilians had taken refuge from earlier Serb offensives in north-eastern Bosnia. They were under the protection of about 600 lightly armed Dutch infantry forces. Fuel was running out and no fresh food had been brought into the enclave since May.
16. July 1995: Early reports of massacres emerged as the first survivors of the long march from Srebrenica began to arrive in Muslim-held territory.
Following negotiations between the UN and the Bosnian Serbs, the Dutch were at last permitted to leave Srebrenica, leaving behind weapons, food and medical supplies.
In the five days after Bosnian Serb forces overran Srebrenica, more than 7,000 Muslim men are thought to have been killed.
Ratko Mladic, indicted Serb war criminal, arrives to take charge of Srebrenica.
"On to Potocari!" Mladic is shouting - he wants to occupy the Dutch UN base immediately.
The Srebrenica massacre was the July 1995 killing of an estimated 8,100 Bosniak males, ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly, in the region of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina by a Serb Army of Republika Srpska under general Ratko Mladic' including Serbian state special forces "Scorpions". The same special forces commited war crimes in Kosovo in 1999. The Srebrenica massacre is considered one of the largest mass murders in Europe since World War II and one of the most horrific and controversial events in recent European history.
Mladic' and other Serb army officers have since been indicted for various war crimes, including genocide, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The ICTY's final ruling was that the massacre was indeed an act of genocide.
Since 1996, he has been a fugitive indicted for war crimes by the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; the Interpol warrant cites assault, crimes against humanity, crimes against life and health, genocide, grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva conventions, murder, plunder, and violations of the laws or customs of war. The Indictment  charges Karadžic' on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility (Article 7(1) of the Statute) and superior criminal responsibility (Article 7(3) of the Statute) with:
- Two counts of genocide (Article 4 of the Statute - genocide, complicity in genocide);
- Five counts of crimes against humanity (Article 5 of the Statute - extermination, murder, persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, persecutions, inhumane acts (forcible transfer));
- Three counts of violations of the laws or customs of war (Article 3 of the Statute - murder, unlawfully inflicting terror upon civilians, taking hostages);
- One count of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions (Article 2 of the Statute - wilful killing).
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