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UN Judges Order Provisional Release Of Serb War Crime Suspect

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has ordered the provisional release of Serb ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj on health grounds.

Judges at the Hague-based UN tribunal said Seselj can be released to seek medical treatment in Serbia on condition that he does not interfere with victims or witnesses and that he returns to the tribunal when requested.

Serbian doctors who visited Seselj recently say he is suffering from colon cancer that has spread to his liver.

The 60-year-old Seselj has been in custody in The Hague since 2003 and is awaiting verdicts in his long-running trial.

He is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the wars in the early 1990s that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP