Serbia should “raise its voice against Hague rulings”

Serbian Justice Minister Nikola Selaković stated Friday that Serbia will not fully cancel its cooperation with the Hague Tribunal.

Source: Tanjug

He added that this refered to cooperation which was good for the Serbian citizens who were currently in The Hague Tribunal.

"They need maximum help," the minister said and added that he would probably visit them soon.

Selaković told Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) early Friday that the acquittal of Ramush Haradinaj would not contribute to "a good climate between ethnic Albanians and Serbs."

"You cannot tell me that Haradinaj and his associates are completely innocent, and that Nebojša Pavković, Vladimir Lazarević, Nikola Šainović and Dragoljub Ojdanić, who were sentenced to 22 and 15 years in prison, are guilty," the minister said and added that these were the Hague Tribunal's criteria Serbia should face with.

According to him, this verdict once again showed that "power is much more important than the law."

He added that it was now more often heard that the Tribunal was established in an illegal way and that Serbia could not have expected any other decision.

The minister said earlier that it was now the time for the entire Serbian society to raise its voice against the Hague Tribunal’s decisions for the first time.

"I expect the Serbian government to take a firm and clear position and seriously consider whether further cooperation with the court that releases criminals is possible," Selaković told Belgrade-based daily Večernje novosti, shortly after Haradinaj and his two associates Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj were acquitted.

The justice minister pointed out that if there was a single legal instrument that could be used in order to protect Serbia's state interests, the country would use it, but added that after such rulings one could not expect any justice or law from the Hague Tribunal.


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