Serbia arrests last remaining war crimes fugitive Hadzic

13:43, July 21, 2011      

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Goran Hadzic, a Croatian Serb wartime leader indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war in seen this handout photo taken during his arrest in Fruska Gora national park, July 20, 2011. Hadzic was picked up by Serb forces in the picturesque Fruska Gora national park region about 65 km (40 miles) north of Belgrade. Serbia arrested the last major war crimes suspect from the 1990s conflicts in former Yugoslavia on Wednesday, closing what its president said was a "burdensome" page in the country's history. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Serbian authorities have arrested Serbia's last remaining war crimes fugitive Goran Hadzic, local media reported on Wednesday.

According to Serbian TV station B92, Serbian authorities have arrested the former leader of the Republic of Serbian Krajina during Croatia's bloody ethnic war in 1991-1995.

Hadzic has been the last remaining fugitive sought by the U.N. war crimes court.

Serbian President Boris Tadic is expected to announce the arrest at a press conference at 11:00 a.m. (0900 GMT).

Hadzic was charged by The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2004, with 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, extermination, murder, torture, deportation and forcible transfer.

The indictment alleges that Hadzic committed the crimes with an aim to drive the Croats and other non-Serbs from the territories controlled by his authorities.

In 1995, the Republic of Serbian Krajina was disbanded after the "Operation Storm" led by Croatian army, and most of the Serb population fled.

Hadzic's arrest comes less than two months after Serbian authorities captured wartime Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, the ICTY's most wanted fugitive.

Serbia, a country hopes to become an EU candidate, has for years faced accusations not doing enough to hunt down the war crimes suspects.

Source: Xinhua

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