Russia calls confirmation of life imprisonment against Mladic “hypocritical”

The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, called on Wednesday the confirmation of the life sentence of the former Bosnian-Serb general Ratko Mladic, who was baptized as the “butcher of Srebrenica” in July 2018 because of his responsibility for the genocide, as “hypocritical” . 1995 in this place.

“The verdict against Ratko Mladic is viewed as hypocrisy given the justification by the ‘Hague Justice’ (the deeds) of other parties to the conflict,” said Zajarova.

In this context, Zajarova has indicated that the International Remaining Mechanism has “ignored” the facts and “historical context of the events related to the dissolution of Yugoslavia” and “undermined efforts to resolve the consequences of the conflict” and confidence in the Balkans restore, “reported the Russian news agency Sputnik.

Russia calls confirmation of life imprisonment against Mladic “hypocritical”
Russia calls confirmation of life imprisonment against Mladic “hypocritical”

The diplomat also criticizes the fact that Mladic saw his fundamental rights “despised” during the trial. “His legal representatives were not given complete and adequate information about his health, while independent doctors had no real access to him,” he added, before noting that “they did not allow him medical treatment in Russia or Serbia,” despite both of them States submitted guarantees “.

Finally, Zajarova is of the opinion that the International Remaining Mechanism must cease “its activities” in relation to the former Yugoslavia “as soon as possible”.

Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Genadi Kuzmin, has already criticized the fact that the ratification of the judgment against Mladic had a “politicized approach”.

Mladic, 78, was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity in 2017, including the murder of 8,000 Muslim boys and men in Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo. However, both the defense and the public prosecutor appealed the verdict, demanding acquittal in the first case.

The Srebrenica genocide is considered to be the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust, a symbol of the barbarism that took place in the Balkans in the 1990s. In addition to this massacre, Mladic was also convicted of the 40-month siege of Sarajevo, the inhumane treatment of prisoners in internment camps and the taking of UN soldiers hostage.

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