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Gotovina Set To Be Transferred To The Hague


http://gdb.rferl.org/EA2D5936-5964-47C9-AF5F-2455F473542D_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/EA2D5936-5964-47C9-AF5F-2455F473542D_mw800_mh600.jpg General Ante Gotovina, war crimes indictee (epa) 9 December 2005 -- Croatian war crimes suspect Ante Gotovina is expected to be transferred to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague on 10 December.


Gotovina was detained late on 7 December on Spain's Canary Islands. He was transferred to the Spanish capital Madrid on 8 December, where a Spanish tribunal ordered his immediate handover to the UN tribunal.


Reports quoting Spanish police sources said Gotovina is due to be transferred to The Hague aboard a Spanish military aircraft.


Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader appealed for "calm and reason" after some 500 Gotovina supporters staged violent protests in Zagreb on 8 December.


Gotovina, 50, was indicted in 2001 on charges relating to the death of some 150 ethnic Serb civilians during a Croatian offensive in August 1995 in the self-declared Serbian republic of Krajina.


Many Croatian nationalists consider Gotovina a war hero.


(Agencies)

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