Mladic to appear before war crimes court on Friday

Ratko Mladic

Ratko Mladic

Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is to appear before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Friday June 3rd.  Mladic who was arrested a week ago in Serbia faces numerous charges of genocide and war crimes. 

Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

Ratko Mladic was transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia   at  The Hague on  Thursday, after having been on the run for almost 16 years.

 Mladic is accused of genocide and a multitude of crimes committed against Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other non-Serb civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina from May 1992 to late 1995. 

The charges allege that forces under his command committed genocide, amongst other crimes, when they summarily executed over 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in July 1995. 

It is also alleged that forces under his command tortured, mistreated and physically, psychologically and sexually abused civilians confined in 58 detention facilities in 22 municipalities. 

Mladic is also facing charges for the shelling and sniping of Sarajevo, during which thousands of civilians were killed and wounded. 

Patrick Maigua UN Radio Geneva. 

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