Verdict in Šešelj case to be delivered on October 30

The Hague Tribunal will deliver a verdict in a case against Serb Radical Party (SRS) leader Vojislav Šešelj on October 30.

Source: Beta

Šešelj is charged with crimes against Croats and Muslims in Croatia, Vojvodina and Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1991 until 1993.

He is accused of expulsion of non-Serbs on political, racial, and religious grounds, deportation and inhumane acts and crimes against humanity.

The SRS leader is also charged with violation of laws and customs of war – killings, torture, cruel treatment, reckless destruction of villages and unjustifiable despoliation, destruction of religious buildings and despoliation of public and private property in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Vojvodina.

In their closing argument, prosecutors requested from the court to find Šešelj guilty and sentence him to 28 years in prison.

Šešelj, who has been representing himself at the trial, said in his closing argument that he should be acquitted “because there is not a single reason” to convict him.

The SRS leader’s trial started in November 2007 after an initial unsuccessful attempt and his hunger strike.

Šešelj has been in custody in Scheveningen since February 24, 2003 when he voluntarily surrendered himself to the Hague Tribunal.

The Tribunal has in the meantime found him guilty of contempt of court three times and sentenced him to 15 and 18 months and two years in prison.


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