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THE HAGUE | 04.11.2011.

SESELJ FLOUNDERS WITHOUT LEGAL ASSISTANCE

The Serbian Radical Party leader has said he cannot enter a plea on the new version of the third contempt of court indictment, claiming he was 'unable to understand' the document, which has been slightly amended, without the assistance of his legal advisors. He has refused to talk to them on the 'ordinary telephone line which is being monitored'. He would be prepared to talk to them over the 'privileged' line, but the right to privileged communications has been revoked in a recent Registry decision
THE HAGUE | 31.10.2011.

CLOSING ARGUMENTS AT SESELJ TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2012

The Trial Chamber has scheduled closing arguments at the trial of the Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj for 5 March 2012. The parties have been given ten hours each for their arguments and will get additional time to respond. Final briefs, not exceeding 200 pages, should be delivered by 5 February 2012
THE HAGUE | 28.10.2011.

SESELJ’S COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE MONITORED

The Tribunal’s Registrar decided to monitor the communications between the Serbian Radicals’ leader and his legal advisors for a period of 30 days, because there are ‘reasonable grounds to believe that Seselj has abused privileged communications in an attempt to interfere with or intimidate witnesses’ and ‘to facilitate the disclosure of confidential material on his website’
THE HAGUE | 26.10.2011.

AMICUS CURIAE: NO GROUNDS FOR CONTEMPT CASE AGAINST CARLA DEL PONTE AND HER PROSECUTORS

A public redacted version of the report drafted by an independent ‘amicus curiae’ was disclosed after the Trial Chamber ordered him to investigate if there were ‘sufficient grounds’ to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the former chief prosecutor Del Ponte and ‘members of the prosecution team’ based on the allegations that they intimidated witnesses in a bid to make them testify against the Serbian Radicals’ leader
THE HAGUE | 18.05.2011.

SESELJ TO GET MONEY IN A ‘DANGEROUS PRECEDENT’

The Appeals Chamber voted with a narrow majority to confirm the decision of Judge Antonetti’s Trial Chamber ordering the Registry to finance Vojislav Seselj’s defense team despite the fact that the accused has refused to provide information about his financial status. Seselj has demanded money for his legal team as a condition for opening the defense case. In a separate opinion, Judge Pocar described the majority decision of the Appeals Chamber as a ‘dangerous precedent’
THE HAGUE | 05.05.2011.

ANTONETTI FOR CONTINUATION OF SESELJ TRIAL

The Trial Chamber in the Seselj case decided with a majority of votes to proceed with the trial of the Serbian Radicals’ leader on all counts in the indictment. In a partially dissenting opinion, the presiding judge says he would acquit Seselj now, after the prosecution has rested its case, of the charges in six counts in the indictment. Antonetti would continue the trial on the charges of persecution, deportation and forcible transfer
THE HAGUE | 04.05.2011.

SESELJ’S MOTION FOR ACQUITTAL REJECTED

The Trial Chamber decides that the prosecution has called enough evidence to allow ‘reasonable judges’ to conclude that all the crimes listed in the indictment against the Serbian Radical leader were committed and that the accused was responsible for instigating those crimes
THE HAGUE | 25.03.2011.

JUDGE ANTONETTI’S DARK THOUGHTS

The Trial Chamber will deliver its decision on Vojislav Seselj’s motion for his acquittal at the half-time of the trial on 4 May 2011. Presiding judge Antonetti has in the meantime presented his ‘observations’ on Seselj’s medical condition. According to Antonetti, ‘in the interest of the international justice and these proceedings, the accused and the Trial Chamber’, the accused should be allowed to choose the nationality of the cardiologist who will examine him
THE HAGUE | 16.03.2011.

SESELJ REFUSES TO SEE CARDIOLOGIST WHOSE NATIONALITY IS “A PROBLEM”

The day before yesterday, Serbian Radicals’ leader Vojislav Seselj refused to be examined by a cardiologist, objecting to the doctor’s nationality. In a report to the Trial Chamber, the ICTY Registrar warned ‘it cannot endorse such discrimination by an accused person’
THE HAGUE | 09.03.2011.

SESELJ DEMANDS ACQUITTAL AND 10,000,000 EUROS

The prosecution contends that the evidence called so far at Vojislav Seselj’s trial ‘can lead to a conviction’. According to Seselj, dismissing all charges in the indictment is the ‘only decision’ the Trial Chamber can make in order to ‘comply with its conscience, honor and professionalism’. The accused demanded damages in the amount of € 10 million, indicating that he might sue the UN, judges and prosecutors. According to Seselj, they ‘participated in a joint enterprise that yielded such poor results’

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