UN tribunal to issue verdict on Serb nationalist leader Seselj

More than 20 years after the country's civil wars, the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague was due Thursday to issue its verdict on Serb nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj.

The 61-year-old Seselj, who is the president of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS), was indicted for the murder of thousands and the "deportation or forcible transfer" of tens of thousands of Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilians from large areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

The prosecution has demanded a custodial sentence of 28 years.

In 2014, Seselj was temporarily released from prison for health reasons and will not be present for the reading of the ICTY verdict in The Hague.

"I don't have time to think about The Hague. I'm on the campaign trail [for the SRS] and I have to attend events every day. I'm done with them," he told the government newspaper Novosti in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Wednesday.

Serbia is electing a new parliament at the end of April.

Last update: Thu, 31/03/2016 - 10:26

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