One of Europe’s most reviled war criminals was thrown out of court for shouting at a judge moments before being sentenced to life in prison for genocide

Ratko Mladić gestures and shouts as he is condemned by a judge for his actions during the Bosnian War of 1992-1995.

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Ratko Mladić gestures and shouts as he is condemned by a judge for his actions during the Bosnian War of 1992-1995.
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United Nations

  • Ratko Mladić was removed from a hearing at The Hague on Wednesday.
  • He shouted at the judge and refused to sit down while being convicted.
  • Shortly afterwards he was convicted of war crimes and sent to prison for life.

A Serbian general has been thrown out of a courtroom after he shouted at a judge delivering a verdict that he is guilty of war crimes.

Ratko Mladić, who commanded the Bosnian Serb Army during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, was removed from a UN courtroom at The Hague as a judge handed him a life sentence for war crimes.

Mladić was in charge of Bosnian Serb forces when they waged a bloody ethnic war in eastern Europe, which ended in the mid-1990s after intervention from NATO.

Ratko Mladić and judge Alphons Orie during the disrupted hearing at The Hague in the Netherlands.

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Ratko Mladić and judge Alphons Orie during the disrupted hearing at The Hague in the Netherlands.
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After a five-year trial, Mladić was formally convicted on Wednesday of a host of war crimes, including genocide. He was sentenced to life in prison.

He was also deemed to be responsible for the massacre at Srebrenica, the worst atrocity in Europe since the Second World War.

A video feed from the trial shows Mladic getting up from his seat and shouting at Alphons Orie, the judge presiding over the trial, held by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

He was told to sit down, but refused. After continued interruptions, Orie adjourned the hearing and ordered uniformed guards to remove Mladic from the courtroom.

A summary of Orie’s judgement said of Mladić: “The crimes committed rank among the most heinous known to humankind, and include genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity.”

He was convicted ofpersecution, extermination, deportation, unlawful attacks on civilians, murder, and genocide.

Watch the clip here, via Sky News: