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Hadzic extradited to UN war crimes tribunal

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The last wanted Yugoslav war crimes suspect, Goran Hadzic, has been extradited from Serbia to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. 

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Serbian Justice Minister Snezana Malovic has confirmed she signed the extradition order on Friday and he is on his way to the tribunal.

Hadzic is the final remaining fugitive of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He led Serb separatist forces during Croatia’s 1991-1995 war and was arrested on Wednesday in Serbia after seven years on the run. He faces 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including persecution, extermination and torture.

His most notorious crime was committed at a detention centre near Vukovar where he killed more than 260 people taken from the local hospital after it fell to Serb forces, following an 87-day siege in the autumn of 1991.

When Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia, Hadzic rose to political power as leader of the Croatian Serbs as part of the Serbian Democrat Party (SDS). He was in political control of Serbs in towns like Dalj, Vukovar, Erdut and Ilok where some of the most horrific crimes were committed in a war that cost more than 10,000 lives.

After the war, Hadzic lived openly in the northern Serbian city Novi Sad until he was indicted by the ICTY in 2004. He then vanished overnight and remained elusive until his arrest.

The ICTY is a UN body set up to prosecute serious crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia. The maximum sentence it can hand down is life imprisonment.

 

 

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