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ICTY convicts Seselj of contempt for revealing witness identities

[JURIST] The trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday convicted [press release; judgment summary, PDF] Serbian nationalist Volislav Seselj [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] of contempt and sentenced him to 15 months in prison for authoring a book revealing pertinent information about several key witnesses. Seselj, leader of the ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party, is currently on trial in the ICTY, charged [indictment, PDF] with three counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes. He is accused of establishing rogue paramilitary units affiliated with the SRS, which are believed to have massacred and otherwise persecuted Croats and other non-Serbs during the Balkan conflict. Seselj was charged with contempt [JURIST report] in January. Seselj's criminal trial was indefinitely suspended [JURIST report] in February over concerns of witness intimidation.

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