Ratko Mladic Fast Facts

Ratko Mladic makes his first appearance at the International Criminal Tribunal on June 3, 2011 in The Hague, Netherlands. Ex-Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladic will make his first appearance at The Hague war crimes tribunal after being declared fit to stand trial. Mladic was arrested a week ago after going into hiding for the past 16 years and is charged with atrocities committed during the Bosnian war. (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.