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War leader Goran Hadzic 'shielded by hardliners'

By Adam Turner

Published 22/07/2011

Serbia's last major war crimes suspect evaded capture thanks to a network of hardliners and may have spent time in Russia, according to investigators.

Goran Hadzic could be transferred to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague later today, his lawyer Toma Fila said.

He confirmed that the 52-year-old had fathered a child with a woman who was not his wife during his years on the run.

"He will be transferred to The Hague after his families visit today and tomorrow," Fila said.

Hadzic, a Croatian Serb wartime leader, was indicted for crimes against humanity during the Croatian war. He was arrested on Wednesday in the Fruska Gora national park region about 40 miles north of Belgrade.

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