Mladic's Bosnian genocide conviction upheld

A UN war crimes court has upheld a life sentence for former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, finalizing his conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague on Tuesday rejected Mladic's appeal of the sentence handed down by the lower chamber in 2017.

The defendant was accused of orchestrating the killing of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995.

The tribunal also finalized a life sentence for wartime Bosnian leader Radovan Karadzic in 2019.

Life in prison is the heaviest punishment the court can impose.

Tuesday's ruling marks a major milestone in the trials of key figures in what is described as the worst massacre in Europe since the end of World War Two.

But Mladic is still regarded as a hero among many Bosnian Serbs.