Long-awaited Mladic war crimes trial opens in The Hague
Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military commander, goes on trial at a UN tribunal on 11 charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes stemming from some of the bloodiest events of the Bosnian war in the 1990s.
(NEW YORK TIMES) THE HAGUE - The court heard a prosecutor's recital of atrocities said to have been committed by soldiers directly under Mr. Mladic's command as Bosnian Serb units carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing and, in Sarajevo, directed a "spigot of terror" that could be opened or closed at will against the civilian population.
Twenty years after the war started as the former Yugoslavia fragmented, the 11-count indictment against him laid out details of the worst killings of the conflict, when the capital, Sarajevo, was subjected to a 44-month campaign of sniping and shelling in which more than 10,000 people died. He is the last of the major players in the Bosnian conflict to face trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia here.