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Hague war crimes defendant reelected as Serbian party chief

[JURIST] The Serbian Radical Party [party website, Wikipedia backgrounder] unanimously reelected an indicted war criminal to head it at a meeting in Belgrade Sunday. Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile], a former close ally of late ex-Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], who died earlier this year while in the fifth year of his war crimes trial, is currently imprisoned at The Hague and is awaiting his own trial [JURIST report] on war crimes later this month. The ultranationalist party, gaining favor as the leading party in the nation, now looks toward the Serbian parliamentary elections in December. Reuters has more.

Seselj was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] in 2003. He has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges [indictment, PDF] in connection with his role in establishing rogue paramilitary units affiliated with the Radical Party. Those units are believed to have massacred and otherwise persecuted Croats and other non-Serbs in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.

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