Goran Hadzic makes first appearance at the ICTY 26 Jul 2011
The former Croatian Serb president refused to enter a plea before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and Judge Kwon O-gon of South Korea adjourned for 30 days.

Former Croatian Serb president Goran Hadzic stands accused of the murder of hundreds of non-Serb citizens and the deportation of over 20,000, torture and other crimes committed in the Serb-controlled regions of Croatia between 1991 and 1993. The indictment contends that, as president of the Serbian nationalist forces, Hadzic attempted to permanently and forcibly remove a majority of the Croat and other non-Serb population from the disputed territory.

Hadzic was arrested Serbian village of Krusedol on Wednesday after attempting to sell a painting by the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. He waived his right to appeal extradition and arrived in The Hague on Friday.

Mr Hadzic’s lawyer, Vladimir Petrovic, informed the Tribunal that Hadzic would not be entering a plea, and declined the judge’s offer to read the indictment. His lawyers said he had already familiarised himself with the content. As permitted within the procedural rules of the Tribunal, an accused is permitted 30 days to reflect on the indictment against him before entering a plea. Judge Kwon O-gon stated that the date for another hearing would be set soon. If Hadzic refuses to enter a plea, as in the case of Ratko Mladic, an automatic "not guilty" plea will be entered on his behalf.

Hadzic was the last remaining fugitive on the original list of 161 suspected war criminals. Thirty-five cases are still ongoing.

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