Third contempt of court case filed in Serb leader's trial

24th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN's Yugoslav warcrimes court Tuesday said it had charged an ultranationalist Serb leader with contempt of court for a third time as he continued to reveal identities of protected witnesses.

Presiding Judge O-Gon Kwon's decision follows two earlier prosecutions against Vojislav Seselj for disclosing confidential information and identities of witnesses in his war crimes trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

"The chamber hereby initiates contempt proceedings against Vojislav Seselj for knowingly and wilfully failing to comply with a chamber's order to remove confidential information from the website," the judge said.

"The Chamber declares that at a time to be determined, Vojislav Seselj shall appear before this chamber to enter a plea to this count," it added.

Seselj, 56, went on trial in November 2006 for his alleged role in the persecution of Croats, Muslims and other non-Serbs and their expulsion from areas of Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia between 1991 and 1993.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison in July 2009 after being found in contempt for disclosing the identities of three witnesses in his trial as well as a portions of a confidential statement in a book.

A second contempt case was opened on February 22 on similar charges.

Contempt of the ICTY carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and/or a 100,000 euro (150,000 US dollars) fine.

© 2011 AFP

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