Hadzic arrest closes chapter on list of wanted men

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The arrest of Goran Hadzic, the last fugitive wanted by the UN war crimes court, closes the chapter on a long list of suspects wanted for crimes committed in the 1991-1999 Balkan wars.

Herewith is a list of the most prominent suspects presented to the court:

Slobodan Milosevic: The former Yugoslavian president was arrested in April 2001. He was indicted on more than 60 counts for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the wars in Croatia (1991-1995), Bosnia (1992-1995) and in Kosovo (1998-1999).

Milosevic died of natural causes aged 64, on March 11, 2006, in the ICTY's UN detention centre in The Hague after being on trial for four years. His trial, which started in February 2002, had already been interrupted several times because of his health problems.

Ratko Mladic: The Bosnian Serb ex-military chief, nicknamed the "Butcher of the Balkans" was arrested in northeastern Serbia on May 26 after being on the run for 16 years. Transferred to the UN's detention unit in The Hague five days later, the 69-year-old Mladic faces 11 charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Mladic is accused of masterminding the Srebrenica massacre -- Europe's worst mass killing since World War II -- and the 44-month siege of the capital Sarajevo from May 1992 in which 10,000 people died.

Radovan Karadzic: The former political leader of Bosnia's Serbs was arrested in July 2008 after being in hiding for 13 years. Considered to be one of the architects of massacres in the Bosnian war, his trial for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity started on October 26, 2009, before the ICTY.

He is also being prosecuted, among others, for his role in the Srebrenica massacre and the siege of Sarajevo.

Ante Gotovina: The former Croatian general -- considered in his own country a hero of Croatia's war of independence between 1991-95 -- was in April jailed for 24 years by the ICTY for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in August 1995. He is appealing the sentence.

Gotovina directed "Operation Storm", during which Croatian forces took back control of Krajina from Serbian separatists towards the end of the war.

Zdravko Tolimir: The former Serbian general was arrested in May 2007 in Bosnia-Hercegovina. His trial started before the ICTY on February 26, 2010.

Tolimir, who was a member of the high command of the Bosnian Serb army, is accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for having supervised mass executions around Srebrenica.

Momcilo Perisic: Former chief of the general staff of the Yugoslav army, Perisic is accused of having been involved in the shelling and sniping of civilians in Sarajevo and in Zagreb. He is also accused of having helped Bosnian Serbs carry out the Srebrenica massacre. Earlier this year, prosecutors requested a life sentence for his involvement.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • A Yank In Holland posted:

    on 21st July 2011, 11:10:28 - Reply

    Seems to me all these trials have nothing to do with justice. It's just the "winners" beating up on the losers. There was a war going on. Both sides killed people, that's what war is all about. Leave these poor people alone. Thank goodness the United States is not a party to any of this! (Something all Americans and freedom loving people everywhere should be proud of!)