|Ratco Mladic, the butcher of thousands of Bosnian Muslims. (Photo: BBC World)|
"Calm you here safe, we will take care of you," he told local residents.
But it's all a hoax. Ten days later, thousands of his troops surrounded the refugee camp. Men and boys were rounded up and collected, and thousands of bullets showered them from all sides. Not long ago, dozens of bulldozers moved to drag and bury the thousands of bodies.
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Saliha Osmanovic became one of the witnesses at the International Court of Justice who tried Ratko Mladic. "He distributed bread and chocolate to show the world how good he was. (But) then he killed them all," said Saliha whose husband and two boys denied members of Mladic's troops.
Srebenica is a region inhabited by Bosnian Muslims, about 80 km north of Sarajevo, and actually has a UN protected area status.
Mladic leads some 180,000 troops. The slaughter of more than 7,000 Muslims in Bosnia was not his first and last. On the day of the proclamation of independence of Bosnia-Herzegovina, April 5, 1992, Mladic and his troops surrounded the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo. He tried to occupy the city center and ousted the official government of Bosnia through a coup. The siege of Sarajevo lasted for 1,425 days (5 April 1992-29 February 1996).
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Residents of the city for four years live in the grip of fear. Heavy weapons often explode destroyed various buildings, as well as sniper bullets at any time infiltrate their entire body unexpectedly. As a result, more than 10,000 residents of the city were killed.
|A leaflet for those who can catch Ratco Mladic (Doc The Telegraph)|
As an adult Mladic became a member of the Yugoslav Communist League, then a career in the Yugoslav People's Army. His position soared from high-ranking officer, army chief of staff, until finally appointed as a general when entering the Bosnian War of 1992-1995.
Mladic's atrocities began in 1992, when Bosnian Muslims and Croats voted for independence in a referendum boycotted by Croats. Open war erupted between Bosnian and Croatian Muslims on one side and Bosnian Serbs in another.
Together with Serbian political leader Radovan Karadzic, Mladic became one of the key figures in the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia. Mladic was always present at the front lines of a brutal battle. The barbarian lunge by Mladic made his beloved daughter Anna suicide. The medical student was powerless to bear the shame of the father's savage behavior.
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In his diary, Mladic wrote that in 1992 Simo Drljaca, the Chief of Police in Prijedor had asked his troops for help to remove about 5,000 corpses in Tomasica. "It's up to you to burn it, chop it, or use another way." At the request Mladic replied, "You killed them, you have to bury them."
After the war, 1992-1995, under the protection of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, for many years Mladic was able to live freely enjoying everything he wanted. He can eat in restaurants, watch football, to horse races. The dark period began to haunt his life when Slobodan Milosevic was arrested in 2001.
Mladic had to live in hiding. As an international fugitive, Mladic's chief was valued at IDR 90 billion in 1996, then rose to IDR180 billion in 2010.
He vowed not to surrender alive. But when the police ambushed him in a house in Lazarevo on May 26, 2011, he did not fight at all. Two bullet-loaded weapons prepared for self-defense, not touched. Strokes make all his arrogance decay. His right arm was paralyzed.
"If I wanted to, I could have shot dead ten policemen (who arrested him), but they were only young officers who were on duty," Mladic told the police team that arrested him.
After undergoing trial for 530 days since 2011, Chief Justice of the International Court of Justice Alphons Orie sentenced him for life. Before reading the verdict, Alphons drove Mladic out of the courtroom because he kept abusing the judge. "This is all a lie, you are a liar," he said. Source: CNN | BBC | NYTimes