Vojislav Seselj said at the start of his closing argument that he could not know what his men were doing during the war in the former Yugoslavia.
“I cannot think for each and every one of them whether they did something or not,” said Vojislav Seselj, war crime defendant and leader of the Serbian Radical Party on Wednesday.
“You have sent me lots of documents about the structure of the Serbian army forces and there is no proof that the men listed in the documents were "Seseljevci",” he added.
The Hague Tribunal filed charges against Vojislav Seselj in 2003 for persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, as well as for violating the customs of war during conflicts in the former Yugoslavia from 1991 until 1993.
According to the indictment, Seselj planned and ordered the ethnic cleansing of the non-Serbs from the territories of eastern Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Serbian province of Vojvodina.
Last week, the prosecution requested 28 years of imprisonment, stating that it has proved that Seselj is responsible for the crimes listed in the indictment.
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Seselj responded that the prosecution did not prove the crimes since no one made an attempt to dispute them.
“I did not try to prove anything here, since I did not have time to bother with that. You did not give me enough time and the financial support I requested,” he added.
Originally, Seselj was supposed to start his closing arguments on March 12, but due to his ill health the session was postponed to March 14.
Seselj will continue with his closing arguments on Thursday.
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