Serb radicals protest leader's 10-year detention

Several thousand ultra-nationalists protested Sunday against the 10-year long detention of their leader, Vojislav Seselj, by a UN war crimes court, awaiting a verdict for his role in the 1990s Balkans wars.

At the gathering of some 3,000 people, Seselj's Serbian Radical Party officials called for his release, while Seselj's legal adviser Zoran Krasic said the hardline leader was "denied all human rights" in The Hague.

Seselj voluntarily surrendered to the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on February 24, 2003.

At the end of his trial last March, the prosecutors asked for a 28-year prison sentence. The judges are yet to announce a verdict.

The extremist leader faces nine counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the persecution of Croats, Muslims and other non-Serbs and their expulsion from areas of Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia between 1991 and 1993.

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