Hadzic arrives at war crimes detention unit in The Hague

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Former Croatian Serb rebel chief Goran Hadzic arrived Friday at the detention unit of the UN-backed court that will try him for war crimes and crimes against humanity, the tribunal said.

"Goran Hadzic, the last remaining fugitive, was today transferred to the tribunal's custody, after having been at large for almost seven years," said the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in a statement.

"Hadzic... has been admitted to the UN detention unit in The Hague," it added.

Serbian Justice Minister Snezana Malovic earlier Friday signed an official order authorising Hadzic's transfer to the ICTY, where he faces 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1991-95 Croatian war.

On the run for the last seven years, Hadzic, 52, was arrested Wednesday in the idyllic mountain region of Fruska Gora near the northern city of Novi Sad. He is the last of 161 persons indicted by the ICTY.

He arrived by plane in the Netherlands at around 2:30 pm (1230 GMT) from Belgrade and was taken to The Hague-based prison by road.

© 2011 AFP

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