U.N. tribunal acquits Serbian firebrand Seselj of war crimes

March 31, 2016 10:55 AM

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U.N. tribunal acquits Serbian firebrand Seselj of war crimes

THE HAGUE U.N. judges acquitted Serbian nationalist firebrand Vojislav Seselj of war crimes and crimes against humanity on Thursday, a shock verdict that delivered a boost to his anti-EU Serbian Radical Party ahead of April elections.

Prosecutors had accused Seselj of stoking murderous ethnic hatred with his fiery rhetoric at the outset of the 1990s wars that followed the collapse of federal Yugoslavia into seven successor states, a conflict that cost 130,000 lives.

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