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Timeline - Last former Yugoslav war crimes suspect arrested

(Reuters) - Goran Hadzic, the last suspect sought by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia, has been arrested, Serbia said on Wednesday.

Hadzic, a Croatian Serb, was indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague [ID:nL6E7IK0IP]

The ICTY was set up by the U.N. Security Council in 1993. Here is a timeline of the major figures in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia who either surrendered to or were arrested by the ICTY:

April 1, 1996 - Tihomir Blaskic, a Colonel in the Croatian Defence Council, is the first accused to surrender voluntarily to the ICTY.

June 27, 1997 - The first arrest of a suspect, Slavko Dokmanovic, by an international agency on behalf of the ICTY. Dokmanovic was President of the Vukovar municipality in eastern Croatia from 1990 until mid-1991 and was charged with the murder of around 260 men after a three-month siege of the city.

June 29, 2001 - Former Serbian and Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, is sent to The Hague following pressure on the then Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, a reformist.

April 25, 2002 - Milosevic’s army chief General Dragoljub Ojdanic surrenders. The former Yugoslav army commander is the first senior Serbian figure to surrender voluntarily to the Hague tribunal.

May 2, 2002 - Nikola Sainovic, Milosevic’s right-hand man, goes to The Hague with Momcilo Gruban, Bosnian Serb former camp commander.

May 15, 2002 - Former Yugoslav army general Mile Mrksic, one of three officers accused of ordering the massacre of 200 non-Serbs near the Croatian city of Vukovar in 1991, surrenders. Milan Martic, former president of the self-declared Serb Krajina republic in Croatia, also gives himself up.

January 20, 2003 - Former Serb President Milan Milutinovic surrenders. He is charged with war crimes during the 1999 Kosovo conflict.

February 24, 2003 - Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj, indicted for ethnic cleansing in Croatia and Bosnia between 1991-93, surrenders.

October 9, 2004 - Col. Ljubisa Beara surrenders. He was indicted for alleged involvement in the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.

December 3 2004 - Gen. Dragomir Milosevic, accused of sniping and shelling against the civilian population of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, surrenders.

March 8, 2005 - Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian premier and former guerrilla commander, Ramush Haradinaj, resigns and surrenders to tribunal.

December 7, 2005 - Croat fugitive Ante Gotovina is arrested in Tenerife, Spain. He was indicted in 2001 for alleged atrocities when Croatian forces retook parts of the country from Serb rebels in 1995.

March 11, 2006 - Milosevic is found dead in his prison cell months before a verdict was due.

May 31, 2007 - Bosnian Serb General Zdravko Tolimir is arrested. Tolimir was charged with two counts of genocide for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

June 17, 2007 - Police general Vlastimir Djordjevic is arrested. He was indicted for ordering the killings of Kosovo Albanians in 1998-99.

July 21, 2008 - Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic arrested in Serbia. He faces 11 charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide related to the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

May 26, 2011 - Ratko Mladic is arrested in Serbia. The Hague indicted Mladic in 1995 for the 43-month siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre.

July 20, 2011 - The last ICTY suspect, Goran Hadzic, indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian war, is arrested. Hadzic is charged with ordering the killing of hundreds and the deportation of thousands of Croats and other non-Serbs from a region of Croatia seized by Serb forces.

Sources Reuters/ICTY:

Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit and Belgrade Newsroom

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