UN court upholds jail term for Serb leader

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A UN court Wednesday dismissed an appeal by ultra-nationalist Serb leader Vojislav Seselj against a 15-month prison sentence for violating a court order by identifying protected witnesses.

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) "affirmed Vojislav Seselj's conviction for contempt and his sentence of 15 months imprisonment," it said in a statement.

Seselj, 55, had appealed against the ICTY's sentence for contempt of court, which it imposed after he revealed the names of three protected witnesses in his war crimes trial.

The ICTY, which can impose a maximum seven-year sentence and a 100,000-euro (132,000-dollar) fine for contempt, is also pursuing a separate case against Seselj for revealing the names of another 11 witnesses.

Seselj, who is defending himself, is being pursued by the ICTY for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during the war between Bosnia and Croatia between 1991 and 1993.

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