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Frontline: The Trial of Ratko Mladic

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 9pm: Follow the trial of Ratko Mladic, accused of masterminding the siege of Sarajevo and the murder of 7,000 Muslims.

Frontline: The Trial of Ratko Mladic

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They called him “The Butcher of Bosnia.”

In the aftermath of the brutal wars that decimated Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic was accused of genocide and other war crimes – including the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica in July 1995 – considered the worst crime perpetrated on European soil since World War II.

After 16 years on the run, Mladic was apprehended and brought to The Hague to stand trial before the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the biggest and only truly international war crimes tribunal since Nuremburg.

The judges’ sentence was life in prison. But a guilty verdict was by no means assured during the trial.

In the two-hour special Frontline producers Rob Miller and Henry Singer go inside the historic five-year trial, with unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to the prosecution and defense teams, as well as to witnesses from both sides who came to give evidence.

Watch a preview of Frontline: The Trial of Ratko Mladic