Rasim Ljajic says Serbia will not extradite three members of the opposition SRS party to the Hague Tribunal, where they are wanted on contempt of court charges.
Ljajic, a Serbian cabinet member who also chairs the National Council for Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal, said that a Serbian court has already ruled against the extradition.
“There is no legal basis for that (extradition), and we must respect the decisions made by independent judicial organs, regardless of what they may be,” he told reporters in Belgrade on Friday.
Ljajic added that “the state would not exist if somebody were to change a competent court’s decision,” and that this must be respected if “we wish to respect the principle of democracy.”
Earlier, the Hague Tribunal announced that Interpol had issued red notices for the three SRS party officials, as requested by its Registry.