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DNA, Mladic and the science of justice in the former Yugoslavia
Despite his efforts to stave off his long-overdue date with justice, indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic appeared before a panel of judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague on Friday. Soon he will stand trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, atrocities he planned and executed throughout the 1992-1995 war, from the siege of Sarajevo to the concentration camps of Prijedor and the genocide at Srebrenica. Mr. Mladic's last request before his transfer was to visit the grave of his daughter, Ana, who committed suicide in 1994 with her father's pistol. But in facing his responsibility for wartime violence, the graves Ratko Mladic should have visited are those of his victims, such the thousands of tombstones that now fill the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center and Cemetery.
By Lara J. Nettelfield and Sarah Wagner
June 6, 2011