Last Serbian War Criminal Arrested

Goran Hadzic will be transferred to The Hague
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2011 6:32 AM CDT
In this Feb. 6, 1993 file photo, Goran Hadzic, who heads representatives of the Krajina Serbs, talks with reporters at the United Nations in New York, United States.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

(Newser) – Serbia has arrested the last of its indicted war criminals, Goran Hadzic. Hadzic, president of the de facto government of Serb territories that broke away in former Yugoslavia, was in hiding for seven years. With his arrest, all 161 people indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for alleged war crimes during the 1991-1999 wars have been accounted for—clearing the way for Serbia to join the European Union.

Hadzic, who will be transferred to The Hague, is accused of taking part in an ethnic cleansing conspiracy during the earlier Croatian war and of ordering or planning murders including those of 264 Croats and non-Serbs. Notably, he is accused of making 50 non-Serbs clear a minefield with their feet, notes the Wall Street Journal. His arrest comes two months after Gen. Ratko Mladic's capture.

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