Serbia informs ICTY of non-extradition of SRS officials

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BELGRADE – Serbia on Wednesday informed the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of a first-instance ruling by a Belgrade court stating that, under the Serbian law on cooperation with the tribunal, the conditions for extradition of three Serbian Radical Party (SRS) officials have not been met.

In a petition to the ICTY, Serbia’s legal representative Sasa Obradovic said that the preliminary proceedings judge of the Department for War Crimes established that the prerequisites for the arrests and extradition of defendants Petar Jojic, Vjerica Radeta and Jovo Ostojic pursuant to an ICTY warrant of January 19, 2015, have not been met.

The first-instance ruling is not yet final and a second-instance ruling by a three-member chamber is expected next week, reads the document, seen by Tanjug.

The preliminary proceedings judge found that none of the cumulative prerequisites envisioned by the Law – crimes referred to in Articles 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the ICTY Statute (gravest war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity) – have not been met.

The ICTY Office of the Prosecutor has charged the group with pressuring two prosecution witnesses into testifying in SRS leader Vojislav Seselj’s favour and offering them favours in return.

The ICTY has acquitted Seselj of all charges of war crimes committed in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina during the wars there and expulsions of ethnic Croats from Serbia’s Vojvodina province.

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