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But Mladic's attorneys vowed to appeal against his convictions on 10 charges related to atrocities from the beginning of the 1992-95 Bosnian war to its end.
Mladic's son, Darko, said his father told him after the verdict that the tribunal was a "Nato commission ...
Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic -- branded the "Butcher of Bosnia" -- was sentenced Wednesday by a United Nations tribunal to life in prison for war crimes and genocide committed during the 1990s.
The tribunal in the Netherlands found Mladic guilty on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, more than 20 years after fighting that devastated Bosnia.
Mladic, chief of staff for Bosnian Serb forces from 1992 until 1996, faced 11 total charges -- two for genocide, five for crimes against humanity and four for violations of the laws or customs of war. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the conviction was a "momentous victory for justice" and called Mladic the "epitome of evil." "Mladic presided over some of the darkest crimes to occur in Europe since World War II, bringing terror, death and destruction to thousands of victims, and sorrow, tragedy and trauma to countless more," Al Hussein said.
He was convicted on all counts Wednesday, except for one of the genocide charges. "His conviction is a testament to the courage and determination of those victims and witnesses who never gave up hope that they would see him brought to justice." Mladic was not present in the courtroom when the verdict was read Wednesday.
" The charges stemmed from accusations of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, attacks on civilians in Sarajevo and a massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in July 1995 -- which was considered the deadliest atrocity in Europe since the end of World War II.For prosecutors, it was a fitting end to a 23-year effort to mete out justice at the UN tribunal for atrocities committed during the Balkan wars of the early 1990s.Mladic's conviction signalled the end of the final trial before the tribunal closes its doors by the end of the year.Top Bosnian Serb political leader Milorad Dodik said the court was established with the "single purpose" of demonising Serbs, describing Mladic as "a hero and a patriot." Serbian President Alksandar Vucic, a former ultranationalist who supported Mladic's war campaigns but now casts himself as a pro-EU reformer, agreed that the court has been biased against Serbs but added that "we should not justify the crimes committed" by the Serbs.The verdict was sweet relief for a former prisoner of Serb-run camps in north-western Bosnia who was in The Hague.