Mothers from Srebrenica: Mladić should burn in hell
The first hearing of Ratko Mladić was also followed by mothers from Srebrenica.
Srebrenica - At the Memorial Centre in Potočari where more than 4500 victims of the Srebrenica genocide are now buried, 20 mothers from Srebrenica gathered today where they watched the first hearing of the ex-leader of the Army of Bosnian Serbs on TV.
When Mladić appeared at the International Crime Court, the women fell silent. Then one of them whispered: "I hope he will burn in hell." "If only we could try him right over here. I wish they would bring him here so I could cut him to pieces."
"It is correct that he be tried, even though it is late. He should have been at court a long time ago already," Nura Alispahić said, who, some years ago, could watch the murder of her son Azmir on TV, which had been taped by members of Serbian Paramilitary groups. "I was watching the news where it was announced: You will see something noone has seen before, mothers will recognize their sons, and sisters will recognize their brothers." "I saw my son who just came out of a truck and shouted towards the television: Don't kill him!"
Ratko Mladić, for a long time the most sought Hague fugitive was apprehended by Serbian authorities a week ago after nearly 16 years of hiding, in the village Lazarevo. He is being accused of organizing the Srebrenica massacre as well as taking part in the 44-month Siege of Sarajevo. After the Serbian Court had decided to give him to the Hague Court, and the Minister of Judiciary signed the order, he had been taken to the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Today was the first hearing.