Ratko Mladic said he will appear his life sentence after being found guilty of war crimes, including genocide, during the Bosnian war.Read the full story ›
- Video report by ITV News Correspondent Angus Walker
Relatives of those killed in the massacres led by Ratko Mladic have said their pain is as fresh as ever as the Serb General faces a verdict in his war crimes trial tomorrow.
Mladic is expected to be found guilty of genocide when the International Criminal Court in the Hague announces its decision tomorrow.
The bodies of some of the hundred thousands victims killed in his campaign are still being identified, including the many who were slaughtered and dumped in mass graves in the Srebrenica massacre.
A guilty verdict will help thousands find some peace. But the wounds from the war in Bosnia will take many more years to heal.
In a historic courtroom reunion of the two alleged chief architects of Serb atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, Ratko Mladic was testifying under subpoena for his former political master, Radovan Karadzic.
Both men are on trial separately in The Hague for crimes including genocide. They both insist they are innocent.
Mr Karadzic's team said former Bosnian Serb army commander General Mladic was "the one person in the whole world who knows best what happened in the war in Bosnia."
Mr Mladic refused to testify, calling the tribunal a "satanic court."
Former Bosnian Serb army commander General Ratko Mladic condemned the United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands as a "satanic court" as he began giving evidence as a defence witness for his former political master, Radovan Karadzic.
Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic are facing charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
This is the first time they are appearing in public together since the end of the conflict in former Yugoslavia.
Mr Mladic's request not to testify due to poor health and possible prejudice was denied by the court.
As forensic teams continue to uncover bodies in a mass grave in northern Bosnia, one woman has said that she is still waiting for the bodies of her brother and husband.
Nasiha Klipic told ITV News: "I have come to this cemetery for many years and I see each and every one of these buried people as my brothers – as my family.
"But I would feel a lot better if my brother and my husband finally found their final resting place here."
However, she said that even if the bodies of her relatives were found she would not rest until all those responsible were held to account.
"It would not be the end for me, the end for me would be when all the war criminals are arrested.
"I will not stop until the day I die and I raise my children not to stop until the day they die, until all the war criminals are arrested. Nothing less than that would be the end for me."
It is hoped further evidence found at the huge grave site could help the trials of Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, who are currently facing charged at The Hague.
The discovery of a mass grave in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina has brought hope that more evidence could be found for the trial of Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic who are facing trials at the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.
Eldar Jahic from the prosecutor's office has told ITV News that teams from The Hague have already visited the site.
The war crimes trial of ex-Bosnian Serb commander General Ratko Mladic has been delayed by a judge in The Hague due to "errors" by prosecutors in disclosing evidence to defence lawyers.
Alphons Orie told the UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal today he was delaying the case due to "significant disclosure errors" by prosecutors who are obliged to share all their evidence with Mladic's defence team.
He says judges are still analysing the "scope and full impact" of the error.
The second day of prosecution opening at the trial of former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic will focus on the mass killings in Srebrenica in 1995.
The trial, which began on Wednesday, is being held at a war crimes court in The Hague.
General Mladic, who is 70, faces 11 war crime charges, including two genocide counts. He denies the charges. General Mladic was arrested in Serbia last year after 16 years on the run.
He is charged with genocide at Srebrenica, where 7,500 Muslim men and boys were killed in July 1995. He also faces charges over the 43-month siege of Sarajevo, from May 1992 to November 1995.