Court makes final ruling - Radicals are not going to Hague

In a final ruling made on Thursday, the Higher Court in Belgrade decided that three officials of the SRS party will not be extradited to The Hague (ICTY).

Source: Tanjug
The Palace of Justice in Belgrade (Tanjug, file)
The Palace of Justice in Belgrade (Tanjug, file)

A three-member panel of the court's war crimes department upheld the first-instance ruling that the prerequisites for it had not been met.

Pursuant to Serbia's Law on Cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the ruling is final and enforceable, and no extraordinary legal remedies can be used to quash it and no one can request postponement of enforcement, the Higher Court said in a release.

The pre-trial chamber upheld the preliminary proceedings judge's finding that the prerequisites for the arrests and extradition of Petar Jojic, Vjerica Radeta and Jovo Ostojic, pursuant to an ICTY warrant of January 19, 2015, have not been met.

The ICTY issued a warrant for their arrest and extradition in January 2015, after the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor charged the group with pressuring two prosecution witnesses into testifying in SRS leader Vojislav Seselj's favor and offering them favors in return.

In March, the ICTY acquitted Seselj of all charges of war crimes committed in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina during the wars there and expulsions of ethnic Croats from Serbia's Vojvodina province in the 1990s.


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