Tuesday 26 September 2017

Bruno Waterfield: Butcher of Bosnia faces justice for nation's slaughter

Bruno Waterfield in The Hague

The gesture was slow, deliberate and aimed at the bereaved mother in the public gallery -- two fingers pressed together and drawn in a cutting motion across his throat.

It was in this way that Ratko Mladic -- the man known as the Butcher of Bosnia and who many believe responsible for the first genocide on Europe's soil since the Holocaust -- addressed one of those who had come to see him face justice.

The former Bosnian Serb army commander had set the scene from the outset yesterday for a defiant first appearance at his full trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague.

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