The tribunal was a trailblazer: an international forum to try those responsible for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.
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THE HAGUE: Srebrenica, Vukovar, Sarajevo: towns and cities indelibly scarred by a painful and shameful history and seared forever into Europe's collective conscience. For 23 years, their names and the memories of tens of thousands of victims have stalked the halls of the U.N. tribunal set up to punish those behind genocide, mass rapes and ethnic cleansing during Yugoslavia's violent death throes.With a judgment on Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Kardazic due Thursday and a verdict expected in 2017 against notorious military chief Ratko Mladic, prosecutors say they have fulfilled a tough mission.It also has an unrivaled record – all of the 161 people indicted on charges of genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity have been caught and processed.The court played an important role in investigating atrocities on the ground – even during the height of the fighting – amassing 9 million pages of documents, leaving a major legacy for historians and activists.Perhaps the court's most telling legacy are the haunting statements of those who pleaded guilty.
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