Serbian determination results in arrest of Goran Hadzic, the last Balkans war fugitive
LYON, France – Today’s arrest by Serbian authorities of Goran Hadzic, wanted by a United Nations war crimes tribunal on crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, and who was the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or internationally wanted persons alert, has been praised by the world police body as an important step in international justice.
Hadzic, who faces a number of charges brought by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) including the murder of hundreds of civilians, was the last remaining fugitive of the 161persons indicted by the Tribunal.
INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that Hadzic’s arrest, which comes less than two months after the capture of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, 'marked a milestone for justice, not only in Europe, but across the globe.’
"It is thanks to the Serbian police, who should be commended for their continued efforts that Goran Hadzic is now in custody after more than seven years on the run.
"Today’s arrest is also significant in recognition of the work of the ICTY and what they so far achieved in the 18 years since its creation, and INTERPOL is pleased to have supported the Tribunal in bringing those accused to justice," concluded the head of INTERPOL.
INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support Unit at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France has been supporting investigations by member countries and International Criminal Tribunals and Courts into war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity since 1994, liaising closely with its network of specialist investigators and National Central Bureaus in the exchange of information and leads.
In addition to its ongoing co-operation with the ICTY, officers continue to work closely with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR) as well as with the International Criminal Court and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which has already led to a number of arrests worldwide