The two remaining most-wanted fugitives of Balkans conflict

26th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Of the 161 persons indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, one top wartime figure remains at large after the arrest on Wednesday of Ratko Mladic: Goran Hadzic.

Goran Hadzic, 52

The president of the self-proclaimed Serb republic of Krajina -- an area representing the one-third of Croatia seized by rebel Serbs who opposed its independence -- disappeared from his home in Serbia in July 2004, a month after the UN tribunal issued its indictment against him.

Hadzic faces 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity over the murder of hundreds of Croat civilians and the deportation of tens of thousands of Croats and other non-Serbs by Serb troops in Croatia during the 1991-95 war.

His indictment specifically names the 1991 massacre of over 250 Croats and other non-Serbs forcibly removed by troops from the Vukovar hospital.

Hadzic stands accused of persecution on political, racial and religious grounds, extermination, murder, torture, deportation, cruel treatment and the wanton destruction of villages.

The prosecution accuses Hadzic of being party to a joint criminal enterprise that sought the "permanent forcible removal of a majority of the Croat and other non-Serb population from approximately one-third of the territory of the Republic of Croatia in order to make it part of a new Serb-dominated state".

© 2011 AFP

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