MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. The verdict by the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals against leader of the Serbian Radical Party Vojislav Seselj is politically motivated, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
"We regret to note that the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) is becoming a worthy successor to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), but in a negative way," she noted. The verdict in the Seselj case continues a series of politically motivated and anti-Serbian verdicts, which are a far cry from independent justice ideas. This continuity undermines the idea of impartial international criminal justice."
"We expect the MICT to be as transparent as possible and efficient in terms of respect for justice, including the terms of proceedings," Zakharova noted.
On April 11, the Serbian politician was sentenced to ten years in prison by the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.
Seselj voluntarily surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on February 24, 2003 and spent almost 12 years in a pre-trial detention center . He was charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes committed from 1991 to 1993 in Croatia, Vojvodina (Serbia), Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has been in Serbia since November 2014 where he was allowed to travel for health reasons. The Serbian politician was acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in March 2016.