Wed 22 Nov, 2017 05:19 am
From the BBC.
Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been found guilty of genocide for some of the worst atrocities of the 1990s Bosnian war.
Known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", he faced 11 charges, including crimes against humanity, at the UN tribunal.
He was convicted of the massacre of more than 7,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995 and the siege of Sarajevo in which more than 10,000 people died.
Mladic was sentenced to life in prison.
The 74-year-old was removed from the courtroom shortly before the long-awaited sentence was read, after shouting at the judges.
They had rejected a request by his lawyer to halt the proceedings on health grounds.
I was listening to the live feed on the BBC and was struck by the ironic nature of the defense team's request to halt the proceedings so as not to damage the poor man's health...
Young people are largely unaware of Mladic, but are horrified when told of what he actually did.
The fact that he was allowed to get away with it for so long shames the West.
At least his incarceration may send a message to other would be dictators, but with Assad behaving the way he is I'm not too optimistic.