Serbian 'radical' Vojislav Seselj convicted of war crimes

Serbian 'radical' Vojislav Seselj convicted of war crimes
From Al Jazeera - April 11, 2018

The International Criminal Court(ICC) in The Hague has found Vojislav Seselj - leader of the Serbian Radical Party -guilty of war crimes against Croatians in Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina during the war in former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Seselj responded to the verdict on Wednesday by announcing on Twitter he was "proud of all my war crimes" and was "ready to repeat them again".


VOJISLAV SESELJ (@seselj_vojislav) April 11, 2018

Since Seselj has spent eleven and a half years in custody in The Hague since 2003, his sentence has already been served, the court said.

The tribunal found Seselj guilty of inciting hate crimes with his nationalist speeches. One speech he gave to a Serb crowd in May 1992 sparked atrocities against ethnic Croats in Vojvodina.

The verdict marked the first conviction by an international tribunal for inciting crimes through speeches.

In 2016, the war crimes tribunal initially acquitted Seselj of all nine charges he faced, but that was partially overturned on appeal.

The court reaffirmed the establishment of a "Greater Serbia" was Seselj's political goal, but that that did not constitute a crime.

'A free man'

It also maintained its ruling from the first verdict in 2016, that there was not enough evidence to prove a systematic attack was organised by Seseljagainst Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims).

Sufficiently humiliated


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