Croatian Serb wartime rebel leader Goran Hadzic dies

The indicted Croatian Serb wartime rebel leader Goran Hadzic, who was provisionally released by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) last year for health reasons, died in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad on Tuesday evening.

Hadzic died on admission to a hospital's emergency ward at about 8pm, Beta news agency said quoting the Serbian Radical Party in Belgrade. He was 58 years old.

Hadzic was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was released from the ICTY's custody in April 2015 to undergo medical treatment. The trial was suspended indefinitely and Hadzic has lived with his family in Novi Sad since.

Hadzic was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, including persecutions, extermination, murder, unlawful detention, torture and inhumane treatment, deportation and forcible transfer of Croats from Serb-occupied areas of Croatia in 1991-1993. He was arrested after seven years in hiding and his trial began in 2012.

Last update: Wed, 13/07/2016 - 11:07

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