Hadzic's could be in The Hague by Friday: lawyer

AFP , Thursday 21 Jul 2011

War crimes suspect Goran Hadzic, the former Croatian Serb rebel leader, could be on his way to the UN war crimes court in The Hague as early as Friday, his lawyer said Thursday

Goran Hadzic
Goran Hadzic speaks at a joint session of Serb Republic of Krajina's and Bosnian Serb Republic in Bosanski Novi in this 1993 file photo (Photo: Reuters)

Hadzic, arrested Wednesday in Serbia, waived his right to appeal after a Serbian war crimes court ordered his transfer to The Hague where he is wanted on 14 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated during the 1991-95 Croatian war.

"Goran Hadzic signed (a document) that he renounces his right to file an appeal" against a ruling by Serbia's national war crimes court that he can be sent to The Hague, his lawyer Toma Fila told journalists.

"Conditions for his transfer have been met. It is realistic (to assume) that he could be transferred from Friday afternoon."

Serbia's deputy war crimes prosecutor Bruno Vekaric said the exact time of the transfer would depend on "security evaluations."

"The exact moment of the transfer will remain without a doubt unknown until the start of the operation," Vekaric told journalists.

"The justice system has finished its work, as you heard from Goran Hadzic's lawyer he renounced to lodge an appeal."

"Documents concerning him were sent to the justice ministry where the minister (Snezana Malovic) will sign the transfer order," he added.
The documents should arrive in the ministry "during the day," Vekaric said.

Hadzic, 52, was detained some 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Belgrade.

He was the last remaining fugitive wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

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