28th November 2014.
Serbian war crimes indictee
Vojislav Seselj proud of Croatian and European parliament declarations.
Vojislav Seselj ,the war crimes indictee, Serbian Radical Party (SRS) leader on Thursday said that he would not return to The Hague voluntarily, stressing that he was very proud of the declaration adopted by the Croatian Parliament and the resolution passed by the European Parliament, especially because the latter was initiated by Croatian MEPs.
"Croatian MPs started a war and nearly strangled each other in Parliament. I am very proud of the Croatian Parliament's declaration and will be even more proud when the European Parliament adopts a resolution against me and my political activity," Seselj said at a press conference in Belgrade, commenting on the debate in the Croatian Parliament on Wednesday.
He said he used the Croatian media to speak to the public because of the media blackout in Serbia, adding that this alarmed Croatia.
It was the second press conference Seselj had held since the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) granted him provisional release on health grounds earlier this month. He is charged with war crimes committed in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina in the early 1990s.
Seselj said that the declaration and the resolution meant that he managed to "smash the media blockade imposed by the government of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic." He added that his strategy "to throw a media bait to the Croats" was totally effective.
Seselj reiterated that he would not return to the Hague tribunal's detention centre voluntarily and that in case he was summoned back to The Hague, Prime Minister Vucic and President Tomislav Nikolic, former officials of the SRS, would have to have him arrested. He said he would be glad to be arrested by his "main accomplices in all possible war crimes and crimes against humanity."
Seselj denied that before being released he had been advised of the terms of his release, stressing that he had not signed anything and had not discussed any conditions with any ICTY officials.
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