The Chief Prosecutor of the UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Serge Brammertz, has requested the termination of the proceedings against war-time Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to a statement issued by the Office of the Prosecutor of the Hague-based tribunal.
On 13 April 2015, Hadzic was granted provisional release on humanitarian grounds, due to his ill health. The provisional release was renewed on 21 May 2015. On 26 October 2015, the Trial Chamber ordered a stay of the proceedings for an initial period of three months.
Hadzic is accused of participating in a Joint Criminal Enterprise (JCE). "It is alleged that the purpose of the JCE was the permanent forcible removal of a majority of the Croat and other non-Serb population from a large part of the Republic of Croatia in order to make it part of a new Serb-dominated state. The areas in question include those regions that were referred to by Serb authorities as the SAO Krajina, the SAO Western Slavonia, and the SAO SBWS. By 26 February 1992, all of these areas had become part of the self-proclaimed RSK," according to the ICTY.
The indictment against Hadzic, 57, included the killing of approximately 260 Croats and other non-Serbs at Ovcara farm on 20 November 1991, in the aftermath of the Serb takeover of Vukovar and the killing of at least 35 non-Serb inhabitants of Vukovar at the detention facilities in Dalj on and around 20 November 1991.
He was charged with unlawful confinement or imprisonment under inhumane conditions of Croats and other non-Serbs in a number of facilities in Serbia, for example Stajicevo agricultural farm and military barracks in Zrenjanin and Sremska Mitrovica, as well as a number of facilities in Croatia, including Velepromet (near Vukovar) and the Territorial Defence training centre in Erdut.
The trial against Hadzic commenced on 16 October 2012. He was arrested in Serbia in July 2011 after being on the run for years. He pleaded not guilty.