Kosovo leaders welcome Mladic conviction for genocide and war crimes

Kosovo leaders welcome Mladic conviction for genocide and war crimes

Kosovo President and Prime Minister have welcomed a ruling by U.N. judges who upheld the conviction of former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic for genocide and war crimes.

President Vjosa Osmani said The Hague based court judgement will go down in history as a rare case of justice delivered, adding however that the region has a long way to go to ensuring other survivors and the families of the missing also get justice.

“When we see a verdict like today, the people and families who experienced untold suffering perpetrated by Milosevic’s genocidal regime will feel one step closer to justice. There is no doubt now that the intention of Milosevic, Mladic and others part of that regime, was genocide,” Osmani said.

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said that verdict on Mladic’s case is a reminder that Serbian denial of past crimes in Bosnia and Kosovo must end. “The notorious war criminal, Ratko Mladic, known as the ‘butcher of Bosnia & Herzegovina’, is sentenced with life imprisonment for genocide. Serbia hid him and portrayed him as a hero. But this verdict is a reminder that Serbian denial of past crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosova must end,” Kurti stated.

United Nations war crimes judges in The Hague upheld a life sentence for Mladic, who led Bosnian Serb forces during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, rejecting all grounds of his appeal./ibna