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Vojislav Šešelj Contempt Case Judgement To Be Rendered On 31 October 2011

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The Hague, 27 October 2011

Vojislav Šešelj Contempt Case Judgement To Be Rendered On  31 October 2011


Vojislav Šešelj

The judgement in the trial for contempt of the Tribunal of Vojislav Šešelj will be rendered on Monday, 31 October 2011 at 08.00am in Courtroom I.

The contempt charges against Šešelj, leader of the Serbian Radical Party, concern an alleged breach of the Tribunal’s protection measures after Šešelj is said to have disclosed information about 11 protected witnesses, including their names, occupations and places of residence, in a book he authored.   

The Trial Chamber issued its Order in lieu of a contempt indictment on 4 February 2010. The initial appearance of the accused was held on 29 April 2010. After Šešelj refused to plead to the charges, the Trial Chamber entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf at the further appearance on 6 May 2010.

This is the second contempt case for Šešelj, who is currently standing trial before the Tribunal for alleged war crimes committed between 1991 and 1994 against the non-Serb population from large parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Vojvodina, Serbia.

On 19 May 2010, in the first contempt case against him, the Appeals Chamber affirmed Šešelj’s sentence of 15 months imprisonment for disclosing the name and other personal details of protected witnesses in a separate book he authored.

The Tribunal regards the integrity of witnesses and confidential materials as essential elements in the judicial process. Several persons who have attempted to interfere with this process by revealing confidential information have been prosecuted and convicted.


Click here for an information sheet on this contempt case

Courtroom proceedings can be followed on the Tribunal’s website

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