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Ratko Mladic on trial for Bosnia genocide

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 01:59

May 16 - The trial of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on genocide and other charges opens in the Netherlands. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL RESENDING SCRIPT WITH UPDATED SOUNDBITE TRANSCRIPTS Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic arrives at court in the Netherlands to face charges over the massacre of 8, 000 Muslim men and boys. He's accused of genocide following the slaughter that took place in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in 1995. The mothers of some of those who perished were out in force, to see the arrival of the man they hold responsible. SOUNDBITE: KADEFA RIZVANOVIC, DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF MOTHERS OF SREBRENICA, SAYING (Bosnian): "We hope that justice will finally get him and that he will be held responsible for his crimes in Bosnia." SOUNDBITE: UNIRA SUBASIC, PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF MOTHERS OF SREBRENICA, SAYING (Bosnian): "We expect to see the butcher again, to see if there is repentance in his eyes, or is there still blodd in them, the blood he spilled in 1995." Fadila Efendic lost her son and husband in the Srebrenica massacre. Her husband is buried at the memorial cemetery in Potocari. She still has no idea what's happened to the remains of her son SOUNDBITE: FADILA EFENDIC SAYING (Bosnian): "If these judges had lost their children as we did they would be more just and rule differently. But they will rule as they think is right and not as I and relatives of the others would want. I hope that other war criminals face justice too so that everyone can see justice exists and that no-one can go unpunished." Mladic, who's also accused of orchestrating the 43-month siege of Sarajevo in which 10, 000 people died, is accused of a range of offences against humanity. The 70-year-old, who was arrested after 16 years on the run, says the charges are monstrous and obnoxious, and has warned on several occasions he's not fit to stand trial. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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Ratko Mladic on trial for Bosnia genocide

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 01:59