“Former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic on Thursday appealed against his convictions for genocide and war crimes, urging UN judges to acquit him on all charges.

Mladic, once dubbed the Butcher of Bosnia, was sentenced to life imprisonment in November for his role in the Balkans war, including the 1995 Srebrenica genocide — Europe’s worst bloodshed since World War II.

But in filings to a UN tribunal in The Hague on Thursday, his lawyers asked that “all erroneous findings” be reversed or quashed.

‘The volume and magnitude of errors in the judgement is unprecedented,’ they argued, alleging the trial chamber judges had made ‘basic mistakes,’ including misidentifying Mladic’s position within the Bosnian Serb leadership. – ‘No respect for life’ –

Prosecutors also filed an appeal, urging that the tribunal should find Mladic, 75, guilty of a second charge of genocide in Bosnian towns, on which he was acquitted.” (The Guardian)

“ArcelorMittal (MT.AS), the world’s largest steelmaker, said on Friday it was investing 75 million Bosnian marka ($47 million) to overhaul a blast furnace at its steel plant in Bosnia to extend its lifespan and improve environmental standards.

Environmentalists have long complained about high levels of pollution caused by the plant in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, which has a workforce of 2,200 people and is Bosnia’s top exporter.

 Work will start in coming days on what will be the biggest overhaul at the plant since 1989 and should extend the lifespan of the plant for another 15 to 20 years, Dijana Bozic-Srdanovic, the plant’s spokeswoman, said.” (Reuters UK)

“A new Balkan route through Bosnia has opened up for migrants, four years after a crisis in which more than one million people landed on Europe’s shores.Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, took the so-called Balkans route northwest of Greece in 2015 and 2016.

The route was effectively closed in March 2016 and until recently the few still making the journey avoided Bosnia and its mountains.

Instead they opted for a route through Serbia before dodging the Croatian and Hungarian authorities in order to make it into the European Union (EU).

But now an alternative migrants’ itinerary from Greece through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia has emerged.

The route, according to a western diplomatic source, matches the one taken by arms and drugs traffickers, indicating that human smuggling networks have been established.” (Sarajevo Times)