Seselj confirms he won't return to Hague voluntarily

Vojoslav Seselj says he will not voluntarily return to the Hague detention, and that he "stands by" his statements made since he returned to the country.

Source: Beta, Tanjug

The leader of the SRS party spoke on Monday after it was announced that the Hague Appeals Chamber had ordered the Trial Chamber to urgently revoke its decision to grant him temporary release, and then to order him to return to the Hague Tribunal's detention unit.

"Let's see how Aleksandar Vucic and Tomislav Nikolic will arrest me now," the war crimes indictee told the daily Vecernje Novosti, adding that he was currently as the SRS headquarters, "engaged in party business."

He announced that he would travel to the town of Bor in eastern Serbia in the afternoon, where he will address a panel organized by the Serb Radicals (SRS).

"Let the police come. They are the ones who do arrests. If the Gendarmerie shows up, they beat people up, I must watch my back. It won't be an easy task arresting me," Seselj added.

He also claims that the state will have to "honor the time procedure regarding extradition" and that he will in this period try to counter the Hague's demand "since all my rights are threatened in Holland."

Seselj, who spent 12 years incarcerated at the Hague without a verdict, said on Monday that his right to a trial within a reasonable time was violated, and that he had "beaten the Hague Tribunal."

Seselj added that the order to return him to detention was made "under pressure coming from regime in Belgrade," because he had become "a serious threat to it."

The SRS leader said he was working on "the recovery" of his party, which currently has no MPs in parliament, adding that the Radicals' rating "went up by 90 percent since his return."

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