MLADEN BLAGOJEVIC FOUND GUILTY
In 2006, Bosnian Serb soldier Mladen Blagojevic was arrested in the United States and deported to Bosnia to face war crimes charges dating back to the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. On November 6th, 2008 he was found guilty for Crimes Against Humanity over his involvement in the Srebrenica genocide. Srebrenica genocide claimed lives of 8,000 to 10,000 Bosniaks (Muslims), many of them children under the age of 18. Women were forcibly deported from the enclave in a UN-assisted ethnic cleansing.
Photo of Mladen Blagojevic: GUILTY!
"Mladen Blagojevic is found guilty... of willingly taking part in persecution of the civilian Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] population with a goal to commit inhuman acts," presiding judge Stanisa Gluhajic, who is of Serb ethnic background, told the Court. Accordingly, Blagojevic thereby committed the criminal offence of Crimes against Humanity and the Court sentenced him to 7 years imprisonment. The time Blagojevic spent in custody under the decisions of this Court from 17 November 2006 onwards will be credited against the prison sentence.
The judge Gluhajic said that Blagojevic guarded a school "Vuk Karadzic" in the town of Bratunac, where Bosniak civilians were being held against their will. Blagojevic beat and tortured these detainees and took part in the execution of at least five civilians during the night of 13 to 14 July 1995. Witnesses also saw Blagojevic firing a machine gun at a Bosniak civilian standing near the window of "Vuk Karadzic" school in the eastern town of Bratunac, but could not tell if the man died. Blagojevic was shooting at civilians from a military vehicle, parked in front of the school. He also participated in the forcible separation of Bosniak men from women and children in Srebrenica knowing they would be deported from the enclave.