Serbia arrests last remaining war criminal
Published 20/07/2011 | 09:11
Goran Hadzic, the last remaining Serbian fugitive sought by the UN war crimes tribunal, has been arrested.
Serbia's president Boris Tadic called a special news conference this morning at which he confirmed Hadzic (53) had been arrested in the region of Fruske Gore in northern Serbia.
Hadzic was the leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs during the country's 1991-1995 war and has been on the run for eight years. He was indicted in 2004 on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including "persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, extermination, murder, torture, deportation and forcible transfer" as well as "wanton destruction ... or devastation."
Hadzic's arrest, less than two months after the capture of Ratko Mladic, would remove a major obstacle in Belgrade's efforts to reintegrate into the international community following years of international sanctions and pariah status.