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March 23, 2023

Serbia holds Croatia war crimes suspect Goran Hadzic

BELGRADE – Serbian authorities say they have arrested Goran Hadzic, the last remaining fugitive sought by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, BBC informs. Mr Hadzic, 52, is wanted for atrocities committed in the 1991-1995 war in Croatia. He led Croatian Serb separatist forces. The arrest comes less than two months after Serbia caught former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic. Mr Hadzic is charged with the murder of hundreds of Croats and other non-Serbs.

Serbian President Boris Tadic confirmed the arrest at a news conference. He said Mr Hadzic was detained early on Wednesday in the mountainous Fruska Gora region, north of Belgrade, near his family home. Mr Hadzic went into hiding seven years ago, shortly after the sealed indictment against him was delivered to the government in Belgrade. He may be transferred to The Hague within days. Gen Mladic was arrested on 26 May and flown to The Hague on 31 May. EU leaders congratulated Serbia for capturing Mr Hadzic, calling it a signal of Serbia’s commitment to “a better European future”.

Mr Tadic has made joining the EU a key goal of Serbian foreign policy.

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