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Mladic trial 'will show West's complicity in Bosnia genocide'

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The expected trial of the former Bosnian military commander Ratko Mladic will show the complicity of the west and the the UN in 'this slow unfolding genocide that took place in Bosnia', according to Times journalist Adam LeBor.

A day after Mladic's arrest in the Serbia capital, Belgrade, Mr LeBor told Today presenter Justin Webb that he expected the man accused of masterminding the 1995 Srebrenica massacre to appear before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague "in about a week or so".

The BBC's John Simpson said that the trial of Mladic, who now "looks like an old, old broken man" would cause "endless embarrassments" to the United Nations and Nato,

"The way that the UN forces, the way that Nato behaved during that entire war was pretty despicable and much of it had to do with the way that Mladic himself was treated and rather allowed to do what he wanted," he commented.

"The business of cutting of food to Sarajevo and then water in the heat of the summer, I've never seen people so scared of thirst before, I've never seen it since.

"People went around being frightened that they were going to die from lack of water in a great European city... and I suppose all of that will come out."

Mladic is currently undergoing tests to establish if he is fit to face a war crimes trial. The former Bosnian Serb general, who spent 16 years on the run, faces accusations including a genocide charge.


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