Goran Hadzic in The Hague prison

22nd July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic has been transferred to the UN detention unit near The Hague, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia says in a statement.

Mr Hadzic will make his first appearance before the tribunal on Monday. The hearing will be led by Judge O-Gon. A plane transporting the former leader of the self-proclaimed Republic of Serbian Krajina during the early 1990s touched down at Rotterdam airport shortly after 2:30 pm.

Mr Hadzic faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for overseeing the murders of hundreds of civilians and the deportation of tens of thousands of Croats during the war.

He was arrested on Wednesday by Serbia in the mountain region of Fruska Gora near the northern city of Novi Sad. He had been on the run for seven years.

His arrest came less than two months after Serbian authorities finally captured wartime Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, the court's most wanted fugitive.

The one-time warehouse worker is the last of 161 persons indicted by the ICTY to be arrested. The court was established in 1993 to try war crimes committed during the 1990s Balkans war.

Mr Hadzic is wanted principally for his involvement in the massacre by Croatian Serb troops of some 264 Croats and other non-Serbs taken from a hospital in Vukovar after the city fell to Serbian troops in November 1991 following a three-month siege.

Charges against him also include overseeing attacks on Croatian towns, villages and settlements by Serb forces, including those commanded by the notorious Zeljko Raznatovic -- better known as "Arkan's Tigers."

He is also accused of involvement in the deportation and inhumane imprisonment of thousands of Croats and other non-Serbs.

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