On Wednesday, Serbia’s president announced the arrest of Goran Hadzic, a Croation Serb wartime leader who was, according to Reuters, “the last major Yugoslav war crimes fugitive.” Apparently, Hadzic’s attempt to sell a stolen painting, which is thought to be a Modigliani, was the key to his arrest. Hadzic, 52, was arrested in Fruska Gora National Park yesterday, near the village Krusedol after investigators followed the trail of the stolen painting. After many years on the run, Hadzic was running out of money.
Serbian tabloids had reported this year that the painting was found in the house of one of Hadzic’s friends. It is no big surprise—the stolen painting is also likely a fake. The work is “Portrait of a Man” and investigators have claimed it is “part of a large number of fakes sold to a collector.” The Serbian black market for stolen paintings peaked in the late 80s and early 90s as war was breaking out, the article says. Hadzic had been indicted for crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 Croatian War.