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Captured rebel leader Hadzic 'had a gun'

2011-07-20 18:10

Belgrade - Former Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic was carrying a gun when he was caught on Wednesday but did not resist arrest, Serbia's war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said.

"He was armed, he had a gun but did not try to resist [arrest]," Vukcevic told a press conference, explaining the circumstances of the arrest.

The prosecutor added that Hadzic was apparently planning to flee Serbia.

"In co-ordination with the agencies of other countries we prevented him from passing to the territory of another country," the prosecutor said, adding that a man apparently bringing Hadzic money for his flight was also arrested.

Vukcevic added that Hadzic was "very untrusting and used a fake identity".

"He was difficult to recognise, he did not look like himself. He was sporting a three-day beard and a moustache," he said.

The prosecutor added that an important break in the search came when Hadzic tried to sell a painting by Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani.

"At that moment he was penniless. He probably got [the painting] during the war in Croatia," Vukcevic said.

The painting was found in December last year at the home of an alleged helper of Hadzic and seized by the Serbian police.