War Crimes Fugitive Hadzic Sent to UN Tribunal

World | July 22, 2011, Friday // 14:41|  views

A convoy of police vehicles as they leave the detention unit of the Serbian war crimes court in Belgrade, Serbia, 22 July 2011. Local media reported that the convoy took, Goran Hadzic, the last Balkan war-crimes suspect to visit his sick mother before lea

The last Hague war crimes tribunal fugitive, Goran Hadzic, has headed to The Hague where he faces 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Eaarlier on Friday, Serbian Justice Minister Snezana Malovic signed the approval for Hadzic's extradition to The Hague Tribunal.

"This closes the most difficult chapter in Serbia's cooperation with the ICTY," Malovic stated at a news conference at the Serbian government, as cited by Tanjug.

Hadzic is accused of persecution, extermination, torture, deportation and wanton destruction for his involvement in atrocities committed by Serb troops in Croatia.

52-year-old Hadzic was a key figure in the self-proclaimed Serb republic of Krajina in 1992-1993. He is the last of the 161 people indicted by The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to be caught.

His arrest comes less than two months after Serbia caught former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic.

The former wartime leader was indicted in 2004 for his role in atrocities committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict.

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