News 15 Mar 12

Seselj: My Men Did Not Commit Crimes in Sarajevo

Vojislav Seselj said on Thursday that ‘Seseljevci’ did not commit any crimes in Sarajevo.

Marija Ristic
BIRN
Belgrade

On the second day of his closing arguments, Seselj reiterated his claim that the prosecution has not proven any crime committed by him and his paramilitary group ‘Seseljevci’.

He concentrated mainly on refuting the charges for crimes committed in Sarajevo and the area around the city saying that most of the prosecution’s witnesses were lying while the others exonerated him.

 “The witnesses were actually helping my defence.  Some of them claimed that Seselj’s units were disciplined and that they did not commit any crimes,” said Seselj.

Vojislav Seselj, the leader of the Serbian Radical Party, was charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY 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.

He is also charged with having ordered the ethnic cleansing of  non Serbs from the territories of eastern Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Serbian province of Vojvodina.

Seselj denied that he was in charge ot the nationalistic newspaper Western Serbia, published in 1991 in order to promote hate speech and extreme nationalistic pro-Serb politics. 

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Talking about the Yugoslavia dissolution, he said that the Serbs do not carry the burden of starting the war, and that the succession of Bosnia and Croatia were illegal.

“Bosnia could have separated from Yugoslavia only with the acceptance of all three of the ethnic groups living there.  Croatia also could not separate without the political agreement of Serbia,” Seselj explained.

“We told them, if you do that, rivers of blood will flow,” he added.

Seselj will continue with his closing arguments next Tuesday and Wednesday.

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