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Statement of the Office of the Prosecutor on the Judgement of Vojislav Šešelj

Office of the Prosecutor | | The Hague |

The Office of the Prosecutor takes note of today’s verdict. We fully understand that many victims and communities will be disappointed by the Trial Chamber’s judgment.

We will carefully review the Trial Chamber’s reasoning that led to this outcome, including the dissenting opinion and the Trial Chamber’s findings that depart from the consistent jurisprudence of the Tribunal. We will then determine whether there are grounds to appeal the judgment.

It should be recalled that an indictment and arrest warrants are currently pending against three of Šešelj’s associates, including two members of his defence team, for allegedly having threatened, intimidated, offered bribes to, or otherwise interfered with two Prosecution witnesses. In addition, Šešelj has been convicted three times of contempt of court for revealing the identities of protected Prosecution witnesses and sentenced to a total of 4 years and 9 months imprisonment for those crimes.