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Hadzic Pleads Not Guilty To War Crimes

Goran Hadzic

Goran Hadzic

Former Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic pleaded not guilty today to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

He made the not guilty plea before judge Guy Delvoie of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

Hadzic, 52, is on trial for alleged crimes including his role in the massacre by Croatian Serb troops of some 260 Croats and other non-Serbs taken from a hospital in Vukovar, eastern Croatia, after it fell to Serb troops in November 1991.

The onetime leader of the self-proclaimed Republic of Serbian Krajina during the early 1990s is charged with a total of 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

compiled from agency reports