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Friday, December 09, 2005

Top Croatian War Crimes Suspect Is Arrested

From the Washington Post:

The highest-ranking Croatian wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the Balkans was captured in Spain's Canary Islands on Wednesday night, ending a four-year international manhunt, the court's chief prosecutor announced Thursday. Spanish police surrounded retired Gen. Ante Gotovina as he dined with a companion in a restaurant at a four-star hotel on the island of Tenerife, according to a statement by Spanish police. "He's in detention now," the chief war crimes prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, announced during a visit to Belgrade, adding that "finally, he will be transferred to The Hague," seat of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Gotovina, 50, was one of the three most-wanted fugitives sought by the court. He was indicted in July 2001 on charges of overseeing the killings of at least 150 ethnic Serbs and the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of others near the end of Croatia's 1991-95 civil war. Troops under his command are accused of poisoning wells, stealing livestock and using violence and intimidation to evict Serbs from their homes.

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--Tom Hayes


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