UN court charges Serb Radical Party leader with contempt

The move against Vojislav Seselj, leader of Serbia's ultranationalist Radical Party, marks the first time that a suspect has been charged with contempt of court while on trial for war crimes.

UN court charges Serb Radical Party leader with contempt
The U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has charged a Serb nationalist on trial for war crimes in The Hague with contempt of court, a court filing showed on Wednesday.

The move against Vojislav Seselj, leader of Serbia's ultranationalist Radical Party, marks the first time that a suspect has been charged with contempt of court while on trial for war crimes, a court spokeswoman said.

Seselj is on trial on charges including murder, torture and persecution of non-Serbs.

The court said it initiated contempt proceedings against Seselj for "knowingly and wilfully disclosing information in knowing violation of an order of a chamber".

The contempt of court case will be handled in a separate court chamber to where Seselj's war crimes case is being heard.

He will be called upon at a later date to enter a plea.

Seselj is accused of knowingly revealing the identity of three protected witnesses by publishing information about them in a book he has admitted authoring, court documents showed.

If convicted of contempt, Seselj could be sentenced to seven years jail or fined up to 100,000 euros ($129,000) or both, the court spokeswoman said. ($1=.7752 Euro)


Reuters
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