Right-wing group leader sentenced to 10 months

BELGRADE -- Mladen Obradović was sentenced by the First Basic Court in Belgrade to ten months of prison for inciting hatred and issuing threats against homosexuals.

Obradović addresses reporters in Belgrade on Tuesday (Tanjug)
Obradović addresses reporters in Belgrade on Tuesday (Tanjug)

Obradović is the leader of a movement dubbed "Obraz".

The incidents happened ahead of the canceled Pride Parade in Belgrade in 2009.

The Court found Obradović guilty of committing the criminal act of inciting hatred by issuing statements in the media, and writing slogans and graffiti containing threatening messages against homosexuals.

They included, "We're waiting for you", "Death to fagots", "Blood will flow, there will be no gay parade in Belgrade".

Obradović is entitled to lodge an appeal to the Court of Appeals in Belgrade within 15 days from receiving the verdict.

In 2011, Obradović was sentenced by the Higher Court in Belgrade to two years of prison for organizing riots during the 2010 Pride parade, to which he has a right to enter a plea.

He addressed reporters after the sentencing today to day that it will "only additionally strengthen" his organization, and accused the court of conducting an unfair trail under political pressure.

Obradović also announced the movement would in the future use this slogan: "We're waiting for you".