Ratko Mladic: the 'Butcher of Bosnia' whose trial nears end

Former Serb army commander Ratko Mladic is pictured in a courtroom in The Hague on May 16, 2012Ratko Mladic, whose war crimes trial reaches a climax next week, is a former Serb army commander whose brutish leadership during Bosnia’s 1990s conflict was blamed for the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II. Closing arguments in his protracted UN war crimes trial at The Hague begin on Monday, with families of the victims in Bosnia’s 1992-95 conflict waiting anxiously for its completion. The wartime Bosnian Serb military chief, who has been dogged by health problems in detention, will long be associated with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

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