Hadzic transfer expected within days: war crimes prosecutor

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 20, 2011 8:39 AM
Hadzic transfer expected within days: war crimes prosecutor

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The U.N. war crimes prosecutor welcomed the arrest of Serbian war crimes suspect Goran Hadzic on Wednesday and said he expected Hadzic to be extradited to the court in The Hague "within days."

In a separate statement, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said that it looked forward to the "expeditious" transfer of Hadzic following the completion of legal proceedings required under Serbian law.

"Hadzic's transfer into the tribunal's custody is a long-awaited development for the victims of the crimes with which he is charged," ICTY chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz said in a statement.

"We can now say that no indicted person has successfully evaded the tribunal's judicial process. This is a precedent of enduring significance."

Hadzic was the last remaining fugitive of the 161 suspects indicted by the tribunal.

(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block, editing by Tim Pearce)