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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Serbia captured final ICTY fugitive Goran Hadzic

On July 20, 2011, Serbian authorities arrested Goran Hadzic, who was sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the last of the court's original 161 war crimes fugitives. At a press conference later that day, Serbian President Boris Tadic announced the arrest and stated that Serbia had fulfilled its obligations to The Hague. The special court in Belgrade deemed Hadzic fit for extradition, and Hadzic was extradited to the The Hague on July 22, 2011. Hadzic initially refused to enter a plea before the ICTY, but in August 2011 he pleaded not guilty. Hadzic, the former president of Serbian forces during the Bosnian Civil War, faces charges that include ordering the murder of hundreds of non-Serb citizens, forceful removal of more than 20,000 civilians and the wanton destruction of villages. His trial is set to begin in October 2012.

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