UN tribunal clears Serb nationalist leader Seselj of war crimes

The UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) cleared Serbian nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj of war crimes on Thursday.

The court judges said there was insufficient evidence to prove Seselj's responsibility for war crimes against Croats and Muslims during the country's conflicts in the early 1990s.

None of the counts of his indictment showed Seselj's guilt, according to the ICTY.

The acquittal makes Seselj a free man, presiding judge Jean-Claude Antonetti said.

The prosecution had asked for a 28-year custodial sentence.

The 61-year-old head of the nationalist Serbian Radical Party (SRS) had refused to attend the reading of the verdict.

In 2014 he was temporarily released from prison due to illness.

Seselj had voluntarily surrendered to the court in 2003.

Last update: Thu, 31/03/2016 - 12:43

More from Europe

Police suspect tear gas in London City airport "chemical incident"

Police said they suspected CS gas could have caused a "chemical incident" that led to a three-hour evacuation of ...

EU summit fails to break Belgian impasse over Canada trade deal

EU leaders ended two days of talks Friday with a failure to break a regional blockade to a landmark deal the bloc is...

Germany's economy "has many problems," Italian premier Renzi says

Germany has "many" economic problems, including a large trade surplus which violates European Union rules, the...

Tusk: EU leaders agree on need for better tools against cheap imports

EU leaders have made progress on ramping up the bloc's protection against unfairly cheap imports, European Council...

Catalonia to uphold bullfighting ban despite veto by top court

The Spanish region of Catalonia wants to uphold its ban on bullfighting despite the ban being overturned by the...