After hearing that he was acquitted by the UN war crimes tribunal in the Hague on all counts of the indictment, Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj said on Thursday he did not feel guilty of anything and that the verdict would "clear the name of the Serb people" of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.
"I don't feel guilty of anything. This verdict has helped to clear the name of the Serb people of crimes in the wars in the former Yugoslavia," Seselj said.
He told a news conference that "international tribunals carry no legal weight" because "they only implement the interests of Western forces."
Immediately after the verdict was handed down, Seselj tweeted a message to Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic: "My dear Kolinda, get ready, I am coming to you soon, for an official visit!"
The ICTY earlier today acquitted Seselj on all counts of the indictment for war crimes in Croatia, Vojvodina and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Upon the delivery of this verdict, Vojislav Seselj is a free man, presiding judge Jean Claude Antonetti said.
Seselj, who was leader of the nationalist Serbian Radical Party, stood accused of inciting and financing crimes against Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb populations committed by Serbian militias from 1991 to 1993.
The verdict was handed down in absentia, as Seselj was medically unfit to travel to the Netherlands from a clinic in Serbia, where he is reportedly being treated for terminal cancer.