July 20 - Serbian President Boris Tadic confirms the arrest of Goran Hadzic, the last major war crimes fugitive indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war. Nick Rowlands reports.
The Serbian president announces on Wednesday that Goran Hadzic, Serbia's last major war crimes fugitive, has been arrested. (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) SERBIAN PRESIDENT BORIS TADIC: "This morning, at 0824, in the region of Fruska Gora, Goran Hadzic was arrested. So Serbia has finished the hardest chapters in the cooperation with The Hague tribunal. Serbia will continue to fulfill its international obligations and at the same time I would like to confirm that by the arrest of Goran Hadzic, our legal and moral obligations are fulfilled." The Croatian Serb wartime leader was indicted by The Hague in 2004 for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war. Hadzic was a key figure in the breakaway Krajina Serb republic in Croatia. He is charged with ordering the killing of hundreds and the deportation of thousands of Croats and non-Serbs from the region he took over. He lived openly in a northern Serbian city until the UN war crimes tribunal sent an indictment and arrest warrant to Belgrade in 2004, and fled after being tipped off by nationalist hardliners in Serbia's security services. People interviewed in Belgrade welcome the arrest of Hadzic. (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) WOMAN FROM BELGRADE: "I don't believe that it will change anything in our lives, but it was high time that he was arrested." (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) CITIZEN FROM BELGRADE, MILAN : "He should be arrested, 190 people were killed where he was in charge. Even if it was 19, not 190, somebody has to pay for crimes." Recent experience with Ratko Mladic suggests it could take several days before Hadzic is extradited to The Hague. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.