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The Trial Of Ratko Mladic – Storyville airs Mon 1 Apr on BBC-4

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On 22 November 2017, the Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia (the ICTY) in The Hague, and sentenced to life in prison.

Mladic was one of the most infamous figures of the Bosnian war of the 1990s, synonymous with the merciless siege of Sarajevo in which 15,000 people were killed or wounded, and the murder of over 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. These were the worst crimes in Europe since World War II.

Mladic was an active participant in these crimes: he was in Srebrenica when his Serb forces took control of the town and looked his victims in the eye and promised that no harm would come to them.

Filmed over five years, Directors Henry Singer and Rob Miller were given unprecedented access to film behind the scenes with prosecution and defence lawyers in Mladic’s historic war crimes trial – one of the most important since Nuremberg – as well as with witnesses from both sides who came forward to give evidence.

The result is an epic story of justice, accountability, and a country trying to escape from its bloody past.

Pictured: General Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic at a meeting of the Bosnian Serb leadership at Pale, Bosnia, in August 1994

Airdate: Monday 1 April 2019 from 10.00pm-11.30pm on BBC FOUR.

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