Goran Hadzic, ex-President of Serbska Krajina, dies at the age of 57
Politician died after siege of cancer in Novi-Sad
Leader of the self-proclaimed Republic of Serbian Krajina (RSK) Goran Hadzic died of cancer in Novi-Sad, second largest city in Serbia. His health got significantly worse during last two months.
Serbska Kraina existed in 1991 – 1995 on the territory of Croatia, occupying a third part of its territory. Hadzic was a president in 1992 – 1994. The majority of the population were the Serbs.
Hadzic was prosecuted and tried in absentia in Croatia in two cases: for rocket attacks on Sibenik and Vodice in 1995, which ended with sentencing Hadzic to 20 years in prison; and for war crimes in Tenja, near Osijek, bringing another 20 years of imprisonment.
Since 2001 – Goran Hadzic was in Interpol’s Most Wanted Fugitives list.
In 2004 Hague International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia against Hadzic started, convicting him in war crimes and crimes against humanity. The same year hearings against him were dismissed as he was diagnosed an inoperable brain tumor.
In 2015 court release him out of the prison for treatment. Court hearings stopped for an uncertain term in April 2016 due to poor health.
Former Croatian Serbs leader is accused of numerous crimes committed in 1991 – 1993 on the territory of Croatia, killings of hundreds and deportation of thousands of the Croats and representatives of other non-Serbian nationalities, political, ethnic and religious persecution, tortures, inhuman and abusive treatment, destroying of villages unnecessary from a military perspective, public and private property pillage. Hadzic didn’t plead guilty.
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