Bosnian Serb War Cabinet

Radovan Karadzic, chairing a meeting in Pale, just outside Sarajevo.

Also shown are other leaders and indicted war criminals: Ratko Mladic, Biljana Plavsic, Momcilo Krajisnik. Then Karadzic is off to Geneva for rather fruitless peace talks.

Ratko Mladic is responsible for the murder of about 8.000 Bosnian Muslim males in and around Srebrenica in July 1995. Arrested in Serbia on 26 May 2011. Sentenced on 22 November 2017 to life imprisonment for committing genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Biljana Plavsic was renowned throughout the 1990s as apologist for ethnic cleansing, nicknamed "Serbian Iron Lady". Once defended the purge of Bosnian non-Serbs as "a natural phenomenon", not a war crime. Indicted by the Hague Tribunal for the "creation of impossible conditions of life, persecution and terror tactics in order to encourage non-Serbs to leave the area, deportation of those reluctant to leave, and the liquidation of others".

5 counts of genocide, 5 counts of crimes against humanity, 1 count of violations of the laws or customs of war/ murder. Plavsic was sentenced to 11 years in prison. In 2003 she started serving her sentence at the women's prison in Örebro, Sweden. Granted early release by the UN War crimes court for "good behaviour". On 27th October 2009 Plavsic returned to Belgrade after serving two-thirds of her 11-year sentence.

Momcilo Krajisnik, nicknamed 'Mr No'. Convicted in 2006 of crimes against humanity: extermination, murder, persecution, deportation, and forced transfer. Sentenced to 27 years imprisonment.

 

Episode from Serbian Epic. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and Lazar Stojanović, 1992

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