The ICTY, Seselj and provisional release

09 July 2014 by IJT

Vojislav Seselj voluntarily surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in February 2003, to answer accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role during the expulsion of non-Serbs from parts of Croatia and Bosnia between 1991 and 1993. Eleven and a half years on, the leader of the Serb Radical Party (SRS) remains in the custody.

His trial ended in March 2012, but the verdict is not expected soon and the court, concerned about the accused’s health, recently deemed it “appropriate to obtain the view of the parties on possible provisional release of the accused”. The ICTY has asked Seselj to declare in writing that he will comply with the conditions of his possible provisional release. The tribunal wants him to be placed under supervision of the Serbian authorities, under house arrest. In a response to the court, Seselj said, on 17 June, he had no intention to comply with the terms and that he would take part in the political life, appear in public and criticize the tribunal in The Hague.

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