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Trial of Serbian nationalist leader for contempt of court completed

Tags: Contempt, ICTY
16:18 18/06/2012

SARAYEVO, June 18 - RAPSI. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia's (ICTY) third trial against Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj ended on Monday.

During the trial, Seselj was charged with contempt of court.

The trial finished soon after its start because the defendant claimed his rights were violated.

He refused to defend himself or pronounce his final plea.

Seselj told the judges that they should immediately return their verdict, which he will appeal. Then the presiding judge announced the close of the proceedings. The sentence will be passed later.

Seselj has been accused of contempt of court and divulgence of data on court-protected witnesses in cases of military crimes in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

The court demanded from Seselj on many occasions to remove from his website four books and other documents containing information about the witnesses.

The ICTY has also charged Seselj with persecuting civilians in the early 1990s for political, racial and religious reasons. He is suspected of illegal deportations, inhumane actions, murder, torture, violence, destroying villages without a just cause and looting in Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

Seselj has already been tried for these crimes.

The judges are expected to hand down his sentence in several months.

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Trial of Serbian nationalist leader for contempt of court completed

16:18 18/06/2012 The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia's (ICTY) third trial against Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj ended on Monday.
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