March 31 The leader of the Serbian Radical Party, Vojislav Seselj, is a man who spent in the dungeons of the so-called. The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), almost 12 years old - was suddenly acquitted in all respects.
This decision was extremely unexpected. The Hague judgment is known for its bias against the Serbs. It was the Serbs who were awarded the largest prison sentences. It is the Serbs most among the accused The Hague. It was against the Serbs that the politicians of the Western world worked all these years and, simultaneously with them, the world's leading media and the Hague Tribunal itself. Before Šešelj, of all the defendants of The Hague, only two Serbs were acquitted — and then the “pawns” in the big game.
And suddenly - an acquittal is handed down to the world-famous major politician. In addition - a violent patriot and defender of the Serbian national idea. An implacable fighter against the expansion of NATO and the EU. In Serbia, many, many thousands of people reacted to this news with joy. A wave of patriotic demonstrations swept across the country.
Voislav Seselj himself, who is in his homeland, before the verdict, declared that he was not interested in the verdict - there are more important matters. “I ridiculed this tribunal,” he said in an interview.
12 November 2014, the Šešelj was temporarily released. Unfortunately, he is seriously ill - he has been diagnosed with an oncological disease. How much he has yet been released - no one knows ...
Despite this, he is active in political activities. Currently engaged in the campaign of his party (early parliamentary elections are scheduled for April 24). He is one of the few major figures who strongly opposes Serbia’s accession to the EU and cooperation with NATO, with a terrorist organization that in 1999 caused incalculable damage to the country and killed thousands of people. Seselj also calls for closest cooperation with Russia - without hesitation and looking to the West.
Of course, it was not out of humane considerations that Vojislav Seselj was released for health reasons. About the "humanism" of this dubious institution, we have repeatedly spoken and written. We all know about the tragic fate of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, that Radovan Karadzic was sentenced to 40 years in prison, and that many other Serbs received the same fabulous time. At the same time, the Croatian generals involved in the destruction of the Serbian Krajina, Bosnian Muslims like Naser Orić, massacred the Serbian population, as well as the leaders of the Albanian terrorist organization Kosovo Liberation Army, who were personally involved in torture and murder, were justified by this pseudo-judicial body or got purely symbolic deadlines.
Just after the death of Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague prison in Slovenia, many people in the world reacted to this in the way that real people should have reacted with with a sharp rejection of what happened. The reputation of the Hague Tribunal fell sharply. The scandalous inquisitor in the prosecutor’s mantle Carl del Ponte was urgently resigned. It was all about the termination of the activities of the court, and only a huge support from Washington allowed this organ to survive. Allow yourself another similar reputational risk of the ICTY could not.
Moreover, the prosecutors, judges, and most importantly, their owners had hope that Vojislav Seselj, already at liberty, would not live to sentence, but would die quietly at home (given his terrible diagnosis). Otherwise, the disgraced Serb, who resolutely spoke and continues to oppose the policies of the West, would not have been released.
While in The Hague, Scheselj was repeatedly on the verge of life and death. His health (like S. Milosevic’s) was deliberately undermined by prison medicine. In addition, 10 November 2006, he was forced to go on a hunger strike, because he wanted to be deprived of the right to defend themselves. This hunger strike was very different from the widely publicized hunger strike of the notorious Nadezhda Savchenko, who “starved” so much that she was on her feet on 80 day. Seselj had a true hunger strike, and he was in critical condition already after 29 days. The tribunal was forced to make concessions and allow the defendant to defend himself.
Like Slobodan Milosevic, Vojislav Seselj refused lawyers. Both politicians had to endure a real battle for the right to conduct their defense. Both leaders behaved heroically and fearlessly at the judgment seat, skillfully smashing the charges against them.
However, if you compare the behavior of both, you can see the differences. So, Milosevic, with his behavior, reminded George Dimitrov: like the famous Bulgarian Communist, he turned into an accuser of his executioners. His defensive speech was more comprehensive - he exposed imperialism not only by the example of Yugoslavia, but also touched on many other international aspects.
As for Seselj, his behavior, perhaps, can be compared with the behavior of the leader of the Great French Revolution Danton: he was arrogantly ironic and bold (of course, without going down to petty criminality and banal bad manners, like Savchenko mentioned above).
Seselj openly mocked the judges and prosecutors. Here is his typical statement: “As a Serbian nationalist, I pull feathers out of you, and your feathers fly into the sky, under the clouds. You have not even grown to my knees. No one can do anything to me. I destroy the Hague Tribunal. Because I am morally and intellectually more powerful. You have no medicine against me. ”
It is no wonder that Sheselj was charged with “contempt of court”. And this is the only thing for which he could solder a real term. This was done - from his many years of being behind bars, he served 15 months for the so-called "interference in justice cases" and 18 months for "contempt of court".
As for the main charge, it has not progressed one iota. And he was accused of “financing, directing and supporting Serbian volunteer formations” and “inciting ethnic hatred.” However, apart from speaking at rallies and in the press, he had nothing to show: Seselj did not hold any key posts and didn’t have real powers.
So, Slobodan Milosevic and Voislav Sheshel behaved somewhat differently at the trial (although both were bright, courageous and courageous). But Milosevic was assigned historical the burden is to defend the honor of the country and the army, which he really commanded, as well as to blame the US and NATO for crimes. Sheshel, who really did not command anything and was prosecuted without any reason, had a different mission - simply to ridicule this tribunal, to mock the executioners, which he did.
But both politicians during the cross-examination successfully exposed the prosecution witnesses.
Both politicians left no accusations of stone.
Both politicians have won their processes.
And both paid dearly for it. One - died, the other - returned with completely undermined health.
The day of the sentencing of Sheselj coincided with one date, which few people remembered. Exactly 15 years ago, on the night of March 31 on 1 on April 2001, Slobodan Milosevic was arrested.
Overthrown but not broken, after the coup of 5-6 of October Milosevic continued his political activities, despite the threats of the tribunal. While the clouds were gathering over his head: the US authorities openly pressured the Serbian "democrats" to arrest the ousted leader. For this promised to give Serbia loans. They put an ultimatum: Milosevic must be arrested before 31 March 2001. The pro-Western slaves fulfilled the will of their masters - however, the legitimate President was already arrested on April 1, so that at least a few extra hours of freedom he won from them.
Milosevic was first placed in the Belgrade Central, and three months later, on June 28, was given to The Hague. And here it is worthwhile to tell a little about the relationship between the two Serbian leaders, who will then be destined to firmly make friends in the Hague captivity.
For a long time, Šešelj was in opposition to Milosevic. According to his views, he is more just, he was not entirely satisfied with the socialist course of the president. In addition, Seselj had more nationalistic sentiments that were unacceptable for the socialist Milosevic. The hostility of politicians has even reached the point that Seselj spent some time in prison.
When NATO members went to war against Serbia, it brought Milosevic and Seselj together in the fight against a common enemy. But not for long: Milosevic was forced to save the country from carpet bombing, left without the support of Russia. With the filing of Chernomyrdin, he signed a peace agreement, according to which Yugoslav troops withdraw from Kosovo and UN peacekeepers enter there (while Kosovo remained part of Yugoslavia - this was a matter of principle). Not really a defeat, but it's hard to call a victory ...
Many are very and very critical about this act (although no one can offer any other serious alternative, except for “fighting to the last Serb”). Sheselj was easier: he was not so responsible for all the people, he could afford to criticize this decision. And he again went into opposition, albeit in soft.
In the September 24 presidential election, 2000 of the year (those that proved fatal for the country), Šešelj’s party nominated its candidate Tomislav Nikolic (now the President of Serbia). Then he nevertheless took a certain percentage of the votes from S. Milosevic. But the Serbian radical party did not support the coup d'état carried out by the "democratic" forces.
In the 2002 year, when S. Milosevic was already in the Hague prison, and Seselj is free, the Hague prisoner suddenly made an unexpected move. He managed to send a letter to the Socialist Party of Serbia (URF) headed by him, in which he called for supporting Seselj in the upcoming presidential elections. Forgetting all past disagreements, Milosevic saw in the leader of the Serbian Radical Party a man who could crush the pro-Western regime. And it was the only chance to win the patriotic forces.
The Serbian leader was not only punished by the jailers for this letter (for some time he was completely deprived of all contacts), but was also not understood by his own party. ATP nominated its candidate - Zhivoinovich, who was doomed to failure. (Then, alas, there was a split in the ATP). But a significant part of Milosevic’s rank and file supporters still heard the call and followed him.
29 September 2002 was the first round of presidential elections. There were two candidates from the pro-Western regime, differing only in shades, but competing with each other - V. Kosttunitsa and M. Labus. They went to the second round. But their Western hosts were alarmed by the fact that Seselj took third place in those elections and suddenly won 24% of votes, although he was predicted no more than 10-12%.
The second round of elections then did not take place due to low voter turnout. The next attempt to hold a presidential election was in December of the same 2012 of the year. And Seselj already confidently entered the second round, having collected 36% of votes. Then he had to compete with Kostunica, but the second round again failed for the same reason - insufficient turnout.
The West and its puppets in Belgrade were seriously concerned about the sharp increase in the popularity of Vojislav Seselj. He had to be urgently removed from the political arena. It was for this purpose that the indictment was hastily, “on the knee,” was concocted. The Hague issued a warrant for his arrest. And in February, 2003, Šešelj, voluntarily went to the tribunal - in order to expose the trial. He was accompanied by a huge crowd of supporters.
It is difficult now to say for sure whether it was really a voluntary surrender or whether there were any threats behind it. Personally, I am not inclined to think that Šešelj, quite from scratch, made the enemy such a gift. Most likely, they would have arrested him and sent him by force, or he would have physically removed them altogether ...
One thing is clear: an objectionable leader was removed from the political arena with the help of a false accusation.
And now this accusation has crumbled to dust. And this is a great victory over the Western Inquisition. This is a rematch by Serbian defenders over the unjust NATO trial.
By and large, this victory belongs to both Milosevic and Seselj. Slobodan Milosevic should have heard the exact same sentence - “innocent” - back in 2006 year. But, in order not to announce the acquittal verdict, he was simply physically removed.
Vojislav Seselj lived to justify, to the victory over the trial. It is necessary to clearly understand: it is a victory, and not the good will of the NATO Tribunal. It’s just that the leader of the Serbian Radical Party was so innocent that the accusation simply fell apart.
I got this victory very hard: one paid with his life, the other with his health. In addition, unfortunately, very similar processes took place in both the Socialist and the Radical parties - there was an internal betrayal. The Socialist Party changed the course, and many faithful people were forced to leave it. The PSA has split, and now its fragment - the Progressive Party - is in power and has a vague policy, trying to either cooperate with NATO, then try to be friends with Russia.
Well, when great people are in danger, not everyone is ready to follow them to their peaks ... Thus, the former party member of Šešela Tomislav Nikolic very coldly and indifferently spoke of the acquittal to a person without whom he would not mean anything in politics. Not even congratulated.
But thousands of people on that day welcomed Sheselj as a winner.
It remains to wish this courageous person health, longevity (no matter what) and political success in the upcoming elections. And also - good luck in such a case as the seizure of compensation for 12 years in captivity by the torturer-The Hague. Long years during which it was not possible to break it.