News 03 Mar 16

Vojislav Seselj Vows ‘Passive Resistance’ to Extradition

Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj, whose war crimes verdict is due on March 31, again vowed to resist any attempt to send him back to the UN court in The Hague.

Vojislav Seselj. Photo: Facebook.

Seselj told a news conference in Belgrade on Thursday that he would put up “passive resistance” if the Serbian authorities try to send him back to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY for the verdict in his trial this month.

“They’ll have to carry me to the airport, I will not fight with the police, and if the police beat me, I’ll find a way to let you know,” Seselj said, according to the B92 news website.

The Serbian Radical Party leader claimed that extradition proceedings were already under way and said the Higher Court in Belgrade had told him to report there on March 10 to present evidence to prove his claim that this would be unlawful - although this has not been confirmed by the court itself.

When contacted by BIRN, the Higher Court declined to say whether extradition proceedings were underway or not because the process is not public.

Seselj is on trial for alleged wartime crimes in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

He was allowed to return to Belgrade in November 2014 after being granted temporary release by the ICTY on humanitarian grounds to undergo cancer treatment.

After several controversial delays, the verdict in the case against him has been set for March 31, and the UN court has asked him to return to detention in The Hague.

He has refused to go back voluntarily, but the Serbian authorities haven’t yet arrested him, citing his poor health as a reason.

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