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Serbia: Hard-Liner Seselj Leaves For Hague Surrender

Belgrade, 24 February 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Serbian hard-liner Vojislav Seselj left for the Netherlands today to hand himself in to a United Nations tribunal that has charged him with war crimes. Seselj, accused of ethnic cleansing and other atrocities in Croatia and Bosnia between 1991-93, boarded a regular Yugoslav airlines plane which departed from Belgrade airport at around 6:45 a.m. local time (CET).

Seselj, an ally of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, has repeatedly denied all charges against him and said he would go voluntarily to the court.

Seselj finished second behind Vojislav Kostunica in Serbia's presidential election last December. The vote was ruled invalid because of a low turnout.