Serbian president confirms arrest of war crimes fugitive Hadzic

13:49, July 21, 2011      

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Serbia's President Boris Tadic gestures during an urgent media conference in Belgrade July 20, 2011. President Tadic confirmed that Goran Hadzic, Serbia's last major war crimes fugitive, a Croatian Serb wartime leader indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war, has been arrested. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Serbian President Boris Tadic confirmed the last remaining war crimes fugitive sought by the UN war crimes court Goran Hadzic had been arrested at a special news conference on Wednesday.

"At 8:24 a.m. this morning, Goran Hadzic was arrested. With this Serbia ends the most difficult chapter in its cooperation with the court," Tadic said.

Hadzic has been the last remaining fugitive sought by The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He was charged by ICTY in 2004, with 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The indictment alleges that Hadzic committed the crimes with an aim to drive the Croats and other non-Serbs out of 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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