ICTY: Office of Prosecutor announces appeal of Seselj verdict


BELGRADE – The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday announced to the court’s Appeal Chamber that it will appeal a verdict acquitting Vojislav Seselj of all charges of war crimes committed in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the wars there and expulsions of Croats from Serbia’s Vojvodina province.

The Office of the Prosecutor requested that the Appeals Chamber approve the appeal, reverse the verdict and find Seselj guilty, or throw out the verdict and order a retrial.

The ICTY on March 31 acquitted the Serbian Radical Party leader on all nine counts of an indictment for using hate speech to aid and abet war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and expulsions of ethnic Croats from Vojvodina.

The Office Prosecutor had requested a 28-year prison sentence for Seselj.