Activist Fined for Egging War Criminal's Mural in Bold Stand Against Serbian Support for Atrocities

Activist Fined for Egging War Criminals Mural in Bold Stand Against Serbian Support for Atrocities

Activist Aida Corovic has been fined by a Serbian court for throwing eggs at a mural of Ratko Mladic, a former army chief who was convicted of war crimes and given a life sentence. The incident took place in November 2021, shortly after Mladic's conviction was confirmed. Corovic, who was briefly detained, described her action as a spontaneous and impulsive gesture to demonstrate that not all Serbian citizens support war crimes and war criminals.

She intends to appeal the 850-euro ($890) fine and criticized the verdict as an attempt to intimidate her. Despite facing pressure and threats, Corovic remains resolute in her mission to speak out about the harm her country has inflicted on others. Ratko Mladic was sentenced in 2017 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for his role as a military leader in the Bosnian war, which resulted in the deaths of 100,000 people between 1992 and 1995. His convictions included his involvement in the massacre of approximately 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.

Despite these atrocities, Mladic is still revered as a hero by some individuals in Serbia and Bosnia, nearly three decades after the conflict. In another development, a Serbian court has fined Aida Corovic 100,000 dinars ($897) for her act of throwing eggs at the mural. The court deemed that Corovic violated the law by directing the eggs towards a residential building and insulting police officers. Furthermore, the mural itself had been standing for a year and a half before civic activists removed it in May, highlighting the divided opinions regarding Mladic's legacy.

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