Goran Hadžić Arrested in Serbia

Goran Hadžić was arrested this morning in Fruška Gora, a mountainous region of northern Serbia. Mr. Hadžić had been on the run for eight years.

Hadžić was the president of the Republic of Serbian Krajina (RSK) from 1992 to 1994. The RSK was a separatist movement in Croatia which sought to create an independent state for Croatian Serbs.

In 2004, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) indicted Hadžić with fourteen charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is charged with involvement in the forcible removal and murder of thousands of Croatian civilians. His indictment names the 1991 massacre of 250 people from the Vukovar hospital, as well as massacres at Dalj, Erdut, and Lovas. In addition, he is charged with involvement with crimes committed at the Stajićevo, Begejci, and Sremska Mitrovica camps. He is also charged with wanton destruction of homes and religious and cultural buildings in Dalj, Erdut, Lovas, Tovarnik and Vukovar.

The RSK eventually lost the war when it was surrounded and defeated by Croat forces in 1995 during Operation Storm.

Mr. Hadžić was the last major war crimes suspect still at large in Serbia.  His arrest helps to clear the path for Serbian entrance into the European Union.

 

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