Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic in the dock at the ICTY in June 2011 (Photo: Flickr/ICTY)
28 June 2016 by Iva Vukusic The Hague

The trial of Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) recently heard what is likely its last witness, Russian colonel Andrei Demurenko, invited by the defense to testify in relation to one mortar attack that killed around 40 and wounded over 70 people in a crowded Sarajevo market in August 1995. His testimony went on for hours, discussing projectiles, trajectories, meters and degrees, with the witness frequently evading giving clear, short answers.

His testimony is based on an investigation he claims he conducted while working for the UN protection force UNPROFOR in Sarajevo. That investigation showed, according to the witness, that the Bosnian Serb army could not have been responsible for the massacre. The testimony ended abruptly when Demurenko checked out of his hotel and never showed up to answer the final questions. The Russian colonel may have left suddenly because he did not like the questions of the prosecution, or because the presiding judge rejected his request to shake hands with Mladic in court. The unusual ending made me reflect on outreach and how it can be successful when what goes on in the courtroom is dull, or simply bizarre.

21 November 2011 by -

Dutchbat commander Thom Karremans, and indeed his entire battalion knew what would happen to the men and boys who were ultimately slaughtered in the genocide perpetrated by Ratko Mladić's Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995.

By *Tom Dannenbaum

So alleged a former surgeon, Ger Kremers, who was attached to Dutchbat (the Dutch battalion deployed to Srebrenica as part of a UN peacekeeping force in the 1990s), in a recent interview with the Dutch TV programme Profiel.

19 December 2011 by -

Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic had a habit of meticulously recording every meeting he attended during the former Yugoslavia’s war from 1992-95. His notes may well turn out to be the single most important source of prosecution evidence in the war crimes trials of his Bosnian Serb and Serb allies before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

By Radosa Milutinovic, The Hague


07 June 2011 by -

Following initial reports from ICTY sources that former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic was cooperating well with the court’s procedures, observers worry that the defendant could soon start to employ delaying tactics.

03 June 2011 by -

Ratko Mladic, the former commanding officer of the Bosnian Serb Army, was apprehended by the Serbian authorities on Thursday of last week. This brings to an end a period of almost sixteen years during which he has been a fugitive from justice. 

Opinion from the former ICTY Prosecutor Richard Goldstone

03 May 2004 by -

When the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced Radislav Krstic to 35 years' imprisonment on 19 April for complicity in genocide, its appeal court reduced the sentence against the former general of the Bosnian Serb army by 11 years. But the real impact of the judgement was clearly elsewhere. The judges above all confirmed that genocide had indeed occurred in the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica, where in July 1995 between 7000 and 8000 Bosnian Muslims were killed by the Drina corps, commanded by General Krstic.

05 July 2004 by -

The West has strongly upped its pressure on the Republika Srpska (RS) authorities, which have long been accused of sheltering war criminals, including the former political leader of the Bosnian Serbs Radovan Karadzic, indicted by the ICTY.

19 April 2004 by -

The first trial at the special Serbian war crimes court is due to re-open on 27 April amid calls for its abolition and protests over Serbia's lack of cooperation. The trial of six suspected war criminals is a test case for Belgrade, who hopes to be able to transfer more cases from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTR) to its own courts. The six Serbs, who all pleaded not guilty, face charges of taking part in the massacre of 192 civilians and soldiers in Ovcara, Croatia, at the end of 1991. The trial opened on 9 March and was adjourned two days later.

01 June 2001 by -

Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army

Ratko Mladic is charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia with genocide, complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war. Identity