When Serbia’s justice minister visited the Hague Tribunal and ate sweets with Ratko Mladic, it showed that Belgrade’s new government doesn’t want to take war crimes seriously.
The superficial treatment of Mladić’s arrest and trial is a testament to the country’s unwillingness to face up to its past.
The contrasting responses of Serbs and Bosniaks to the Mladić case have again exposed Bosnia’s unbridgeable divide.
In spite of the acquittal of General Gotovina, the omission of crimes committed in Croatia from the Mladić indictment is a blot on the tribunal’s record in the country.
The trial is about to start in the Hague of perhaps the most infamous character from the Bosnian war – Ratko Mladic, the man charged with the slaughter of thousands of people in Srebrenica.
Despite suggestions from Hague prosecutors that the indictments against Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic may be merged, there are worries that the main result would be delays to Karadzic’s trial.
ICTY registrar John Hocking says former Bosnian Serb commander's trial will form an important part of court's completion strategy.
Mladic might have been on trial long ago had the rest of the EU shown the same resolve as the Netherlands in insisting on his arrest as a condition for progress towards membership.
War crimes prosecutor's claim that Belgrade fumbled key chance to arrest former Bosnian Serb commander, wanted for genocide, puts secret services under spotlight.
The team assembled to track down Serbia’s two most wanted fugitives, Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic, have little to show for their efforts – and the Hague tribunal is losing patience.
Key dates and events in transitional justice in Serbia.
In July 1995 Srebrenica was shelled and occupied by the Army of Republic of Srpska,VRS, despite being declared a protected area by the United Nations. More than 7,000 people were killed, the victims of genocide.
Timeline of events leading up to the arrest of Ratko Mladic.
Key dates and events in the Bosnia war.
The Bosnian Serb commander’s role in the genocide committed in Srebrenica is described in detail in many indictments and verdicts pronounced before local and international judicial institutions.
Indictments in 1995 and 2000, further amended in 2002 and 2010, charge the former commander of the Republika Srpska Army with genocide and other crimes.
When Mladic ordered his army to bomb the people of Sarajevo until they ‘go insane’, he revealed the murderous intentions that would culminate in the Srebrenica massacre.