Serbia is about to transfer the last fugitive on a UN list of figures charged with war crimes to face trial in The Hague, following the arrest of Goran Hadzic. This will turn a page on the 1990s breakup of the former Yugoslavia.
Ordinary Serbs’ feelings are mixed. One pensioner said: “I think he defended his nation, killed no one. They say responsibility is individual, that crime has a name. I don’t believe he gave orders to kill.”
Another Belgrade resident said: “I really don’t care. It was a long time ago. We’ve seen everything. I have no reaction.”
The chief UN war crimes prosecutor has said Hadzic would be the last of the 161 suspects indicted by the international criminal tribunal in The Hague to be transferred there.
Hadzic’s lawyer said his client would not fight extradition. He said his family would visit him — seen here — and he would probably be ready to go by Saturday.
Belgrade said investigators homed in on Hadzic when he tried to sell a stolen Modigliani painting, as he was running out of money.