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Ratko Mladic Fast Facts

Posted March 15, 2013 1:52 p.m. EDT

— 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.

Personal: 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

Timeline: 1965 - Graduates from a military academy and joins the Communist Party.

1992 - As a commander of the Bosnian Serb army, Mladic leads the siege against Sarajevo.

July 1995 - Leads the attack on the town of Srebrenica. Close to 8,000 Muslim men and boys are killed.

1995 - Is indicted by the UN-established International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for war crimes and atrocities.

July 1996 - An international arrest warrant is issued for Mladic.

1996-2001 - Lives in Belgrade with protection from Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

2001 - 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 26, 2011 - Mladic is arrested in Serbia.

July 4, 2011 - Mladic refuses to enter a plea so the judge enters not guilty pleas for him.

May 16, 2012 - Mladic's trial begins. He's charged with two counts of genocide, and nine crimes against humanity and war crimes.

January 28, 2014 - 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 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.