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Gotovina Set To Be Transferred To The Hague

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.


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