Ratko Mladić, ‘butcher of Bosnia’, loses appeal against genocide conviction

Judgment means 78-year-old former Bosnian Serb military chief will spend the rest of his life in prison

Ratko Mladić, the former Bosnian Serb commander nicknamed the “butcher of Bosnia”, will spend the rest of his life in prison after a UN court dismissed his final appeal against convictions for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Unlike during previous appearances at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, the 78-year-old showed little emotion as an hour-long reading of the judgment finally put an end to attempts to quash the charges against him.

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