26 August 2020 – Start of Appeal Hearing in Mladic case before the IRMCT
Start of Appeal Hearing in Mladic case before the IRMCT: On 25 August 2020, the Appeal hearing in the case of Prosecutor v. Ratko Mladić started before the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the two-day hearing is being conducted online through video conferencing, and it has seen many technical difficulties and internet connection problems from the start of the first day.
In November 2017, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia convicted the former Bosnian Serb commander of 10 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and acquitted him of one count of genocide, sentencing him to life in prison.
The Prosecution argues that Mladic’s conviction and sentence should be upheld, and that he should also be convicted of the second count of genocide of which he has been acquitted concerning the genocide of Bosniaks and Croats in 1992. On the other hand, Mladic’s Defence team is seeking an acquittal or a retrial by arguing, inter alia, that the trial was “replete with errors”. These alleged errors include linking Mladic to crimes that occurred in 1991 before Mladic was in the chain of command.
Mladic’s lawyers have sought to delay the appeal, arguing that there is a risk of a miscarriage of justice because Mladic is allegedly unfit and therefore unable to properly take part in the appeal hearing. (BBC, Reuters, France 24).
Post by: Kobra Moradi