Hadzic arrest step closer to end of court mandate: ICTY

20th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The arrest Wednesday of the UN war crimes court for Yugoslavia's last remaining fugitive Goran Hadzic is a milestone which brings the court closer to the completion of its mandate, its top official said.

"It brings this institution closer to the successful completion of its mandate," Judge O-Gon Kwon, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's acting president, said in a statement issued in The Hague.

Hadzic, 52, is the last of the 161 people indicted by the ICTY who remained at large.

He faces 14 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes for the murders of hundreds of people and deportation of tens of thousands Croats.

"I welcome the fact that we will be able to concentrate on the completion of our mandate with no fugitive remaining," 18 years after the court was first established in 1993, the judge said.

The tribunal now looked forward to Hadzic's expeditious transfer from Serbia to The Hague following the completion of relevant legal proceedings required by Serbian law," he added.

© 2011 AFP

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