BELGRADE, THE HAGUE – The representative of the Serbian government, legal expert Sasa Obradovic, said that a procedural problem occurred in the enforcement of the decision of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for the indictee Vojislav Seselj to return to custody after being granted temporary release seven months ago.

AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic
AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Obradovic told Tanjug that he will ask the Appeals Chamber to hear him on Monday and then clarify whether the return of Seselj requires an arrest warrant, which, according to the Serbian Law on Cooperation with the ICTY, is necessary to start the extradition procedure.

Obradovic said that Serbia received the May 22 decision of the Appeals Chamber, ordering the return of Seselj to the ICTY custody, but not a warrant for his arrest.

The High Court in Belgrade on Friday requested an arrest warrant as necessary for the initiation of the legal procedure in line with the Law on Cooperation with the ICTY, said Obradovic.

Seselj refuses to return to the ICTY detention unit voluntarily. He has been in custody since 2003 when he voluntarily turned himself in, but a first instance ruling has not yet been passed.