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UN prosecutors demand life sentence for Gen. Ratko Mladic

  • Former Bosnian Serb military chief General Ratko Mladic looks across the court room at the  International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague Netherlands in this image taken from video Monday Dec. 5, 2016.  Mladic "called the shots" as his troops murdered and expelled thousands of civilians to carve out an ethnically pure Serb mini-state in Bosnia during the Balkan nation's 1992-95 war, a United Nations prosecutor said Monday as Mladic's genocide trial neared its end. (ICTY Video via AP)

    Former Bosnian Serb military chief General Ratko Mladic looks across the court room at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague Netherlands in this image taken from video Monday Dec. 5, 2016. Mladic "called the shots" as his troops murdered and expelled thousands of civilians to carve out an ethnically pure Serb mini-state in Bosnia during the Balkan nation's 1992-95 war, a United Nations prosecutor said Monday as Mladic's genocide trial neared its end. (ICTY Video via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Bosnian Serb military chief General Ratko Mladic looks across the court room at the  International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague Netherlands in this image taken from video Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016. United Nations prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for Gen. Ratko Mladic, telling judges that they should convict and imprison the former Bosnian Serb military chief for orchestrating atrocities throughout Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
  (ICTY Video via AP)

    Former Bosnian Serb military chief General Ratko Mladic looks across the court room at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague Netherlands in this image taken from video Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016. United Nations prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for Gen. Ratko Mladic, telling judges that they should convict and imprison the former Bosnian Serb military chief for orchestrating atrocities throughout Bosnia's 1992-95 war. (ICTY Video via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Bosnian Serb military chief General Ratko Mladic looks across the court room at the  International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague Netherlands in this image taken from video Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016. United Nations prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for Gen. Ratko Mladic, telling judges that they should convict and imprison the former Bosnian Serb military chief for orchestrating atrocities throughout Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
  (ICTY Video via AP)

    Former Bosnian Serb military chief General Ratko Mladic looks across the court room at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague Netherlands in this image taken from video Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016. United Nations prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for Gen. Ratko Mladic, telling judges that they should convict and imprison the former Bosnian Serb military chief for orchestrating atrocities throughout Bosnia's 1992-95 war. (ICTY Video via AP)  (The Associated Press)

United Nations prosecutors have demanded a life sentence for Gen. Ratko Mladic, telling judges they should convict and imprison the former Bosnian Serb military chief for orchestrating atrocities throughout Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

Prosecutor Alan Tieger on Wednesday told judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia that it would be "an insult to the victims, living and dead, and an affront to justice to impose any sentence other than the most severe available under law: A life sentence."

Tieger was speaking at the end of prosecutors' closing statements at the conclusion of Mladic's trial on charges including genocide, murder and terror.

Verdicts are expected late next year.