New York, 20 July 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on arrest of Goran HadzicThe Secretary-General welcomes today's arrest of Goran Hadzic, who was sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) since 2004 for crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in Croatia in 1991 and 1992. He commends President Tadic and the Serbian authorities for their leadership in ending impunity for those indicted for serious violations of international humanitarian law.
Mr. Hadzic's apprehension sends a powerful message that those who are alleged to have committed such crimes cannot evade justice and will be held accountable. His arrest will allow the ICTY to focus on the completion of its mandate, given that Mr. Hadzic was the only remaining fugitive out of the 161 persons indicted by the ICTY.
The Secretary-General's thoughts today are first and foremost with the victims of Mr. Hadzic's alleged crimes, the victims of other serious international crimes, and their families. Ending impunity is an essential step for reconciliation, sustainable peace and justice in the region.
Statements on 20 July 2011