Serbia’s last remaining major war crime fugitive wanted by the United Nations tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has been arrested. A former leading figure in the breakaway Krajina Serb republic in Croatia, Goran Hadzic is charged with ordering the killing of hundreds and the deportation of thousands of non-Serbs in the area, during the 1991-95 Croatian war.
Serbia’s President Boris Tadic responded to a journalist’s question about the time it took to get Hadzic by drawing a parallel with the most-wanted man on the United States’ list for a long time.
Tadic said: “…Osama bin Laden: work on that issue was very long and very hard, almost one decade. At the end of the day that was fruitful and that was very efficient. That is the same situation. We’ve been working very hard, we’ve been working systematically. At the end of the day we are finished.”
Hadzic is being kept in Belgrade before being sent to join other indictees held for trial on charges of war crimes in The Hague. Cooperation in this is a key condition for clearing Serbia’s sinuous path towards joining the European Union.