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    Serbian nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj (R) surrounded by his supporters holds a burning NATO flag during an anti-government rally on March 24, 2015, in front of the building of the former federal Interior Ministry in Belgrade

    'Greater Serbia' Architect Reveals Plans for Country's Future

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    Bolstered by his release from the Hague and the European refugee crisis, the man who once sought, and now faces charges for a mono-ethnic "Greater Serbia," told Sputnik about his new plans for the upcoming Serbian election.

    Having gained conditional release from an inconclusive, decade-long trial on charges of crimes against humanity, godfather of modern Serbia's politics Vojislav Šešelj told Sputnik Serbia about his plans for the country's future.

    Serbia's current prime minister and president are members of a splinter of Šešelj's Radical Party, which split after Šešel's objections to Serbia's membership of the European Union. While opinion polls show that the party could gain seven percent in the upcoming parliamentary elections, it could gain as much as 20 percent, according to the party's own data.

    "I think that Serbia has opened its doors too widely for migrants, and it's already becoming a serious danger. There is also the danger that the EU could demand that we keep 100,000 to 200,000 migrants," Šešelj told Sputnik.

    Šešelj was the ideological architect of Serbia's politics in the 1990s, although his party was in opposition to Slobodan Milosevic's rule between Milosevic's participation in the Bosnian Peace Talks and the upsurge in violence in Kosovo in 1998. Although initially advocating a mono-ethnic, Christian Serbian state taking up most of former Yugoslavia, Šešelj has reportedly reformed his views.

    "I have nothing against helping women and children, but there are also many Syrian men, who are capable of fighting. We would return them to [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, so that he would mobilize them to defend their country," Šešelj added.

    Commenting on the influx of Iraqi and Afghani refugees going through Serbia, Šešelj said that the United States' desire to install Western-style democracy leads to bloobaths.

    "If they really wanted to defend democracy and human rights, they would have started with Saudi Arabia, the most dismal country in the modern world," Šešelj told Sputnik.

    Election Prospects

    Šešelj drew most of his election prospects from his relationship with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, of the splinter Serbian Progressive Party. A former Minister of Information under Slobodan Milosevic, Vučić's difficulties come from his inability to resolve issues in Kosovo because of his pro-EU stance, according to Šešelj.

    However, he believes that convincing Vučić to abandon the pro-EU path is still possible.

    "Everything is possible. This may not be the most obvious option, but you have to understand that Vučić is currently in a most unenviable position. He realized that he can't enact sanctions against Russia, but the EU is exerting very strong pressure on him. The EU constantly blackmails him because of Kosovo, creating new conditions, but he has already conceded beyond what is appropriate," Šešelj told Sputnik.

    For his campaign program, Šešelj said that his party promotes Serbia's economic self-reliance and protection of domestic manufacturers.

    In terms of foreign policy, he said that he wants Serbia to have an alliance with Russia, apparently similar to the one from 1999, when Serbia's parliament voted to join the Union State of Russia and Belarus on the first day of NATO bombing.

    "We would like to rely on Russia, and have a status like Belarus, that is, to be an independent state, firmly tied to Russia politically, economically and militarily," Šešelj told Sputnik.

    Asked on what he would do if the trial against him reaches a guilty verdict during his campaign, Šešelj said that he expects it to bolster his campaign.

    "We already started the campaign, so this verdict could be a new wind in its sails," Šešelj told Sputnik.

    He added that Vučić has vowed not to extradite him, although he is prepared for any outcome.

    "Will he change his mind? We will see. I can say one thing. I will not run or hide anywhere. If they come for me, they will have to carry me to the airport, so a spectacle is guaranteed," Šešelj added.

    Šešelj's past, as well as his ties with Vučić in the "Greater Serbia" project pursued during the Yugoslav breakup wars could bolster his popularity among voters, who supported Vučić in 2012. In the 2008 split, current Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić formed a splinter of the party, which focused on a path toward EU integration.

    The borders of Greater Serbia as proposed by Šešelj in 1992. Šešelj faces charges for crimes against humanity for his attempts to turn the idea into a reality.
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    The borders of "Greater Serbia" as proposed by Šešelj in 1992. Šešelj faces charges for crimes against humanity for his attempts to turn the idea into a reality.

    War Crimes Trial

    Šešelj voluntarily turned himself in to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for trial in 2003, but the court has been unable to reach a verdict, finally releasing him in 2014 on health grounds.

    "This cannot be normal in principle," Šešelj commented on the lengthy trial, "Even in the US with its Anglo-Saxon court system, which is also used in the Hague, a criminal trial can last more than two years. In my case, the Hague tribunal has sunk in quicksand," Šešelj said.

    The trial, which only began in 2006, three years after Šešelj gave himself up, was marred with inconclusive verdicts, as well as sentences against Šešelj for contempt of court, when he leaked the names of key witnesses against him.

    Šešelj's release was revoked in January 2015, mere months after he was freed, on grounds that his health condition was exaggerated, and that Šešelj later said that he would never return to the Hague, according to court documents.

    He is accused of deportation, murder, torture and other crimes against Bosnian Muslim, Croat and other non-Serb civilians between 1991 and 1993, as part of what the court calls a criminal organization involving top members of the then-Yugoslavian government. The court trying him has been accused of non-impartiality when handing lighter verdicts for similar accusations to non-Serbian perpetrators of crimes against humanity in the conflict.

    On August 28, 2013, one of the judges on the tribunal was disqualified for demonstrating "unacceptable appearance of bias in favour of conviction," according to the case information sheet.


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    • Mikhas
      The NATO kangaroo court didn´t succeed pinning their bogus "greater Serbia" conspiracy-teory on anyone yet, not even those Serbs they "suicided" in the former Nazi interrogation centre in Haag, nor those they directly killed (Milosevic, by NATO doctors that by "mistake" gave him a lethal dose of a drug that knocked out his blood-pressure medication, when he was just to wrap up a successful defence).

      Shame and disgrace on Sputnik for outright peddling NATO bullshit.
    • avatar
      Nato/Nuremberg. I do not dislike the name.
    • Wow.. I am surprised that sputnik wrote such a pro-nato BS about him. This is really bizarre.
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      This is like reading AngloAmerican corporate media propaganda ffs! For starters, dr. Vojislav Seselj never held any office during the war, so how could he be held accountable for anything army did? Enlighten us, Sputnik News! That NWO court has been prosecuting dr. Seselj for his "fiery speeches" which they call "verbal delict" (and even have the audacity to claim they stand for the right of free speech!) and for over 10 years (according to the Rome Convention, a trial must end in 2 years max!). So how can someone who has never held any office, and thus no power whatsoever, be tried for exercising his right of free speech, whereas those responsible for ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands (like in the case of Croat general, former thief of French jewelry stores, Ante Gotovina who commanded the ethnic cleansing of over 250.000 Serbs) or those directly committing genocides of millions of people like war criminal Obama, Bush, Blair et al, who destroyed the entire Middle East killing millions during Western aggression, are not guilty of anything, but some even awarded with Nobel Peace Prize trophies? Obama sponsored and is directly responsible for murder of over 300.000 Syrians, God knows how many are maimed, +12 million Syrian refugees and destruction of the entire Syrian country, and he is called Nobel Peace Prize winner, whereas dr. Vojislav Seselj, the youngest PhD of former Yugoslavia who never held any power to be responsible for any possible crime is called "war criminal." Do you think we are stupid?
    • Mother Gorilla
      Seselj and Vucic, a Yanukovitch and Yatseniuk who might get along?
    • in reply toBodin(Show commentHide comment)
      Bodin, Correct... truly bizarre writing by Sputnik. The guy was held in jail for 12 years with out any charge. They had simply no single witness. his 'trial' can be seen on youtube. he simply crashed those clowns. not a single word about genocide Croats did, or genocide Turks did in Bosnia, or how about Genocide that Albanians did in Kosovo against Serbs. So bizarre presenting him as bad man while we all know who genocidal people on the balkans are.. the Croats.
    • The Serbian people were one of the first targets of this united NATO Fascist Nazi Roman Papal Saudi Axis. When western supported false flag forces from all over the world came to Yugoslavia to fight and exterminate Serbians with a seeming civil war. We know where all those East German tanks went to: Croatia to kill Serbians. Naturally the Serbians must reclaim their RSK, RS and Kosovo, to restore territorial integrity and some semblance of a nation. Hopefully all of it would be taken back with this Papal Croatia eradicated competently.

      After suffering from the NATO backed Georgia Genocide and CIA Ukraine Kiev Coup Junta with another genocide against LNR DNR etc.. With a new Russian attitude and world view to support its allies. Another War at NATO's soft underbelly would be a good thing to correct the errors from the last war.

      This World Court is a NATO sham of Papal Rome and its Spanish Inquisition.No Serbian deserves to be there and many were murdered in assassinations carried out by NATO USA Special Forces guised as arrest attempts. Not to mention high-profile murders of individuals already in their Hague World Prison. Hopefully measures will also be taken for the release of all Serbian and Pro Serbian prisoners held by the NATO Axis Secret Prison System. Do whatever it takes, start arresting the enemy lawfully, then exchanging US, UK, German, French and other NATO prisoners taken in exchange for Serbians. Much needs to be done to even the score and remember the victims.

      It has to start with first holding to justice the NATO Vichy installed Serbian government of Tadic and his NATO collaborationists rats, who cooperated with NATO to abduct and murder Serbians.

      *** Free Viktor Bout and All Pro-Russians, tortured, missing, murdered and or falsely imprisoned, in USA and NATO Secret Prison Axis, Account For All, Remember and Lawfully Avenge All Forevermore.***
    • in reply toMikhas (Show commentHide comment)

      The date President Milosevic was also murdered by NATO and its Inquisition holds significance, and a clear review of all intelligence files from many years ago will surely reveal this. It should be a total war call to arms for all Serbians and Pro Serbians around the World against the USA NATO Axis.


      *** Free Viktor Bout and All Pro-Russians, tortured, missing, murdered and or falsely imprisoned, in USA and NATO Secret Prison Axis, Account For All, Remember and Lawfully Avenge All Forevermore.***
    • in reply toBodin(Show commentHide comment)

      You forgot to mention the Roman Catholic War Criminal SS Ustaše Franjo Tuđman. How this mass murderer evaded justice should give an indication of this offensive biased Roman Latin law based Inquisition of the NATO Axis. Perhaps the Holocaust Genocide against the Serbians of the RSK is not even recognized as such.

      With Bush, let us also not forget to prosecute Bill and Hillary Clinton, for Hillary no doubt exercised and still exercises more power than Seselj could have imagined and dreamed.

      Hopefully we will also see Bill and Hillary Clinton and their Family also lawfully crucified for the wanton rape, torture and murder of Serbians. And what was the name of that obese witch USA Sec of State whatever her Fascist Hungarian Zionist name was, with Condi Rice, also to be included for the list of lawful crucifixions as murderers of Serbian Peoples

      The list of USA NATO Axis responsible parties is never ending. Also do not forget what side the Zionist Israel supported, I do not have to remind you that there was and is an UZI weapons factory in Croatia. Hopefully justice will come with the next war, if not the next, until the job is done.

      NATO SS still want to make soap from the bodies of Serbians like during WWII. Justice must come and one must never forget to hate and bring to justice the the USA NATO Axis.

      *** Free Viktor Bout and All Pro-Russians, tortured, missing, murdered and or falsely imprisoned, in USA and NATO Secret Prison Axis, Account For All, Remember and Lawfully Avenge All Forevermore.***
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