UN tribunal acquits Vojislav Šešelj of war crimes in Balkans

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UNITED NATIONS: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on March 31 acquitted Vojislav Šešelj of war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with actions committed by the Serbian forces between August 1991 and September 1993. But the decision was not unanimous. The Court’s decision comes one week after the conviction of Radovan Karadžiæ, on charges related to genocide in the area of Srebrenica in 1995, of persecution, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts (forcible transfer), terror, unlawful attacks on civilians and hostage-taking. Šešelj was accused of having “directly committed, incited, aided and abetted those crimes and to have been part of their commission through his participation in a joint criminal enterprise,” according to the trial judgment. The majority, led by presiding Judge Jean-Claude Antonetti, found that the prosecution had failed to prove the existence of a criminal purpose, which is required to convict someone of participation in a joint criminal enterprise.

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