The extent of the sentence will give some satisfaction to many of the victims. Mladić, however, has not accepted his guilt. He insulted the judges, disrupted trial proceedings and showed himself recalcitrant in confronting reality. This unites him with other defendants indicted by the UN Tribunal. The former Bosnian Croat general, Slobodan Praljak, dramatically staged his rejection of the court in an absolute act of defiance. As the appeal judgment was delivered he declared, „Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal“. Then, in full view of the astonished judges and the world public, he drank poison and subsequently died. The Serbian warmonger, Vojislav Šešelj, praised the act of suicide as ’heroic’. He knew the Croatian defendant from his own internment in The Hague. This blogpost reflects on the closure of the ICTY, its achievements, and its legacy.
11. Juli 1995 rückten Armee- und paramilitärische Polizeieinheiten unter dem Kommando Ratko Mladićs in die von bosnisch-muslimischen Flüchtlingen überfüllte Kleinstadt in Ostbosnien ein. Die überforderte Blauhelmtruppe, welche die Flüchtlinge in Srebenica schützen sollte, ließ sie gewähren.Morgen ist es genau zwanzig Jahre her, dass bosnisch-serbische Truppen die UNO-Schutzzone Srebrenica eingenommen haben. Am