AP Exclusive: Boy in Mladic footage looks back

May 31, 2011 - 8:43 AM

PROHICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The footage horrified the world: a grinning Ratko Mladic patting a young Muslim boy on the head in 1995 and assuring him everyone in the Srebrenica area would be safe — just hours before overseeing the murder of 8,000 men and boys.

The boy in the video is now a 24-year-old man. He recalls the sunny day he met the Bosnian Serb military commander who gave him chocolate, and who now faces genocide charges.

"I didn't know what was going on, or who Ratko Mladic was," Izudin Alic told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday.

Alic was among thousands of Bosnian Muslims sought protection from U.N. troops at Srebrenica. Alic said that as he met with Mladic, soldiers were killing his father in the nearby woods.