As Ratko Mladic made his first appearance at The Hague war crimes tribunal the women of Srebrenica gathered at the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial to watch the man accused of the murder of their menfolk refuse to enter a plea.
One of the mothers watching events unfold described her feelings: “When I saw him in the dock I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Why did the people in The Hague call him a Bosnian? He’s garbage. He is like a dog. He is a blood thirsty man. He killed our sons. We need to judge him.”
Outside the courtroom relatives and friends of some of the 8,000 Muslim men and boys massacred at Srebrenica expressed their fears that Mladic’s fragile health may prevent a verdict from being reached.