ICTY Prosecution files appeal against Seselj acquittal

The Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday filed a Notice of Appeal against the Trial Judgement of Vojislav Seselj.

The ICTY prosecution announced its appeal against the acquittal of the leader of the Serbian Radical Party, of all charges of war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s war and the expulsion of Croats from the Vojvodina Province in Serbia.

The prosecution has first requested permission to file the appeal and then asked for the verdict to be quashed and for the trial to be repeated.

The prosecution had requested that Seselj be sentenced to 28 years and considers that the first instance ruling is incorrect because it did not provide valid reasons for its conclusions nor did it take into account the arguments and evidence provided by the prosecution which led to an incorrect assessment of the factual state on which grounds the indictment was raised.

The leader of the Serbian Radical Party was acquitted on 31 March of all nine counts of the indictment, including hate speech, warmongering and supporting war crimes committed in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the war in the 1990s as well as expelling Croats from the Vojvodina Province in Serbia.

Chief ICTY Prosecutor Sege Brammertz announced in early April that the prosecution would file an appeal against Seselj's acquittal.

Last update: Tue, 03/05/2016 - 12:24

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