timeline 20 Jul 11

Timeline: Goran Hadzic

Timeline of events leading up to the arrest of Goran Hadzic.

Bojana Barlovac
Belgrade

1958:    
Born in the municipality of Vinkovci, Croatia, Yugoslavia. Before the conflict starts in Croatia in the early 1990s, Hadzic works as a warehouseman in the nearby Vukovar municipality. A member of the ruling League of Communists of Yugoslavia since his youth.

1990:
Joins the Serbian Democratic Party, SDS, founded by Jovan Raskovic in Croatia in February 1990.

April 1990:
Elected as councillor in Vukovar for the League of Communists, Party for Democratic Changes – the recently reformed Communist party.

June 1990:
Elected chair of the branch of Serbian Democratic Party, SDS, for Vukovar.

March 1991:
Becomes vice-president of the SDS regional board for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem.

June 1991:
Becomes a leader of the “Serbian National Council”, a Serbian political forum for Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem. This is soon transformed into the so-called “Serbian Autonomous District of Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem.”

September 25 1991:
Hadzic officially appointed president of the government of the self-declared district, according to the district’s official gazette.

February 1992:
Becomes Prime Minister of the Republika Srpska Krajina, RSK, which proclaimed independence in 1991, carved out of Croatian territory. Hadzic replaces Milan Babic.

September 1993:
Hadzic urges Serbia to send arms and equipment to help Serbs in the “Medak Pocket” of southern Krajina after it comes under attack from the Croatian army.

December 1993:
Hadzic is replaced as president of the RSK by Milan Martic.

1995:
Hadzic threatens to have Eastern Slavonia secede from the RSK, if plans to merge the RSK with the Bosnian Serb territory, the Republika Srpska, are followed through.

The two entities remain separate until most of the RSK is overrun by the Croatian army in the summer of 1995, leaving only Eastern Slavonia in Serb hands.

1997:
Hadzic’s eastern Croatian fiefdom is returned to Croatian rule under the Erdut Agreement. Hadzic leaves Croatia.

July 16 2004:
UN war crimes tribunal, ICTY, indicts Hadzic on 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for alleged involvement in the forcible removal and murder of thousands of Croatian civilians from Croatia from 1991 to 1993.

The indictment specifically names the 1991 massacre of 250 people taken from Vukovar hospital after the town fell to Serbian and Yugoslav forces.

Seven hours after the release of the indictment, Hadzic disappears from his home in Novi Sad, northern Serbia. Footage shows him leaving with a bag in his hand along with his driver.

June 2007:
Media reports speculate that Hadzic may be hiding in a Serbian Orthodox monastery in the hills of Fruska Gora, northern Serbia, or in Bijela, Montenegro, or Belarus.

February 2009:
The chair of the National Council for the Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal, Rasim Ljajic, says the former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic will be caught by the end of 2009.

May 2009:
The Chief prosecutor of the ICTY, Serge Brammertz, says Hadzic is most likely somewhere in Serbia.

October 2010:
The Serbian government increases reward for information leading to Hadzic’s arrest to €1 million from €350,000. A toll-free 9191 number is opened 24 hours a day.

December 2010:
Serbian police search for Hadzic at the Novi Sad residence of his sister, where he last lived before going into hiding.

January 2011:
After six and a half years of silence, the family of Goran Hadzic gives an interview to the Belgrade newspaper Vecernje Novosti.  

May 2011:
The arrest of Ratko Mladic shifts the spotlight to the remaining UN war crimes indictee, Goran Hadzic, now the most wanted man in the Balkans.

Serbia’s Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor, Bruno Vekaric, says the search for Hadzic is now the country’s top priority, adding that his Action Team will not halt its efforts until Hadzic is captured.

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Goran Hadzic at the Hague

Background

Gravest Crimes in Croatia

The Hague Prosecution charges Goran Hadzic, former President of the Republic of Serbian Krajina, with crimes against humanity and violation of the laws and customs of war in Croatia in 1991 and 1992.

Timeline: Goran Hadzic

Timeline of events leading up to the arrest of Goran Hadzic.

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