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Ratko Mladic Trial: Back To Sarajevo (PHOTOS)

Posted: Updated: 05/17/2012 11:23 am

On Thursday, a judge at The Hague indefinitely delayed the proceedings in the trial of former Bosnian-Serb general Ratko Mladic, due to 'errors' made by the prosecution.

Mladic is accused of war crimes committed during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, and is being held responsible for the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995.

The AP reported from the trial's opening proceedings:

"The world watched in disbelief that in neighborhoods and villages within Europe a genocide appeared to be in progress," prosecutor Dermot Groome said at the U.N. court in The Hague

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Groome said Mladic "held Sarajevo in the palm of his hand," playing an intercepted radio communication of the former commander ordering the shelling of part of the city and a video of civilians scurrying across devastated streets to avoid sniper fire. The attacks were part of an "overarching" plan by Karadzic and former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to drive non-Serbs from large parts of Bosnia and to carve out a "Greater Serbia" from the ruins of the former Yugoslavia.

Twenty years after the start of the war, HuffPost looks back at Bosnia in the 1990s. WARNING: Photos contain graphic content.

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  • In this Monday March 29, 1993 file photo evacuees from the besieged Muslim enclave of Srebrenica, packed on a truck en route to Tuzla, pass through Tojsici, 56 miles north of Sarajevo. More than 2,300 evacuees left Srebrenica on U.N. trucks for Tuzla. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

  • This July 13, 1995 file photo shows Dutch UN peacekeepers sitting on top of an APC as Muslim refugees from Srebrenica, eastern Bosnia, gather in the village of Potocari, some 5 kms north of Srebrenica. (AP Photo)

  • In this Monday, June 22, 1992 file photo a wounded Sarajevo resident sits in shock next to two other seriously wounded civilians moments after one of several mortar shells landed in central Sarajevo. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon)

  • This Sunday Jan. 28, 1996 file photo shows Bosnian Muslim prisoners newly released from Foca prison 85 km (53 miles) from Sarajevo being assisted by French IFOR soldiers as they queue for a bus at Sarajevo airport for transport into the city and reunion with family and loved ones. (AP Photo/Rikard Larma)

  • This Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998 file photo shows destroyed bridge over the Drina river at the entrance of the Bosnian Serb town of Foca, 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Sarajevo. (AP Photo/Sava Radovanovic)

  • This Thursday July 13, 1995 file photo shows a young Muslim refugee from Srebrenica watching as other refugees pass in a UN armored vehicle as they arrive at a U.N. base 12 kms south of Tuzla, 100kms (60 miles) north of Sarajevo. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

  • In this April 16, 1994 photo, Bosnian Serb army commander-in-chief Col. General Ratko Mladic, center, observes Bosnian government forces positions in Gorazde, eastern Bosnia, surrounded by his bodyguards. (AP Photo/Emil Vas)

  • Toys and other belongings of children killed in Sarajevo during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, displayed at an exhibition dedicated to the little victims in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Hundreds of children were among the 11,654 Sarajevans who were killed by snipers and shells. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

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