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Serbia: Goran Hadzic, last war crimes fugitive wanted by UN tribunal, arrested

last update: July 20, 10:15

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Belgrade, 20 July (AKI) - Serbia has arrested the last war crimes fugitive, Goran Hadzic, wanted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Serbian news agency Beta said on Wednesday.

There was no official confirmation, but Beta quoted high placed “reliable sources” and president Boris Tadic has scheduled a press conference for 11 am local time, which was a sure sign that he was about to make an important announcement.

Hadzic, 53, a wartime leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia, has been accused of crimes committed against Croats in 1991-1995 war that followed the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. He has been on the run for seven years.

The European Union has tied Serbia’s bid to join the 27-nation European club to the arrest of all war crimes fugitives. Serbia arrested wartime Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic in May and with Hadzic’s arrest fulfilled EU demands.

Since it was founded by the UN Security Council in 1993, the tribunal has indicted 161 individuals, mostly Serbs, and more than sixty have been sentenced to over one thousand years in jail.

Since democratic changes in October 2000, Serbia has arrested and handed over to the tribunal 45 indictees, including two former presidents and several army and police generals

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