Ratko Mladic Fast Facts

Ratko Mladic makes his first appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal on June 3, 2011 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo Serge Ligtenberg/Getty Images )

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Ratko Mladic, former leader of the Bosnian Serb army, sentenced to life in prison for genocide and other war crimes.


Birth date: March 12, 1942
    Birth place: Kalnovik, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
      Birth name: Ratko Mladic
      Father: Nedja Mladic
      Mother: Stana Mladic
        Marriage: Bosiljka Mladic
        Children: Darko and Ana


        1965 - Graduates from a military academy and joins the Communist Party.
        July 1995 - Mladic spearheads an attack on the town of Srebrenica. Approximately 8,000 Muslim men and boys are killed.
        July 1996 - An international warrant is issued for his arrest.
        2001 - Mladic goes into hiding after Milosevic is arrested.
        October 12, 2007 - Serbian officials offer one million euros for information leading to the capture of Mladic.
        May 16, 2012 - Mladic's trial begins. He's charged with two counts of genocide, nine crimes against humanity and war crimes.
        January 28, 2014 - He refuses to testify at the genocide trial of former Bosian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzic and denounces the ICTY court as "satanic."
        October 23, 2014 - The ICTY announces that the court will hear details about a mass grave investigators believe has ties to Mladic.
        December 7, 2016 - During closing arguments, prosecutors recommend a life sentence for Mladic.
        December 15, 2016 - Mladic's trial is adjourned. Three UN judges begin deliberating on his fate. The process could take up to a year.
        November 22, 2017 - Mladic is sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.
        March 22, 2018 - Appeals his conviction and sentence.
          August 25-26, 2020 - Mladic's appeal hearing takes place.
          June 8, 2021 - A UN court upholds Mladic's conviction and life sentence.