Planning on turning in war criminals, but afraid the government would tax your reward money too heavily? Well, we’ve got great news for you!
Serbia will pick up the tax liability for anyone who claims the reward for information leading to the arrests of war crimes fugitives Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic, a senior official said.New posters put up in police stations across Serbia show edthe reward figure as € 1 million for information leading to the arrest of former Bosnian Serb military chief Mladic, and as € 250,000 for former Croatian Serb political leader Hadzic.
Mladic is indicted twice for genocide by the Hague tribunal for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims and for the 43-month siege of Sarajevo. Hadzic is accused of war crimes against civilians in Croatia.
The amounts were “in net figures,” said Rasim Ljajic, chief of Belgrade’s office for cooperation with The Hague. He told state news agency Tanjug there would be no deductions on the sums being offered for information, but the state would pay all necessary taxes.
He added that all who call the “9191” information hotline would enjoy complete anonymity.
Serbia must arrest and extradite the two men to unblock its progress towards European Union membership. The Netherlands and Belgium have said they will not allow Serbia to move towards the EU until Mladic is arrested and extradited, and the implementation of Belgrade’s key Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Brussels is still pending.