The Hague Court denies Serb nationalist’s request to appeal

The Hague Court denies Serb nationalist’s request to appeal

The Hague Court denies Serb nationalist’s request to appeal Izvor: N1

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) in The Hague refused the request by a Serb ultra-nationalist and convicted war criminal Vojislav Seselj to appeal the verdict sentencing him to ten years in jail, the Beta news agency reported on Wednesday.

Seselj was convicted of persecuting the local Croats in Serbia’s northern village of Hrtkovci in 1992, during the 1991-1995 bloody break-up of former Yugoslavia.

He did not go to jail since he spent 11.5 years in custody pending trial.

In the Court’s explanation, the Mechanism’s President Theodor Meron said that neither Mechanism's statue nor the rulebook envisaged an appeal against the verdict passed by the Appeals Chamber.

Seselj, however, argued that "the right to appeal is universal and can not be cancelled.”

Meron said Seselj could ask for the revision of the verdict based on new facts if there were any which could prove the verdict unfair.

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