War criminals in Balkans "not heroes"

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Serge Brammertz, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). UN File Photo/Loey Felipe

People who have been found guilty of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia should not be considered "heroes" according to the Prosecutor of the ICTY, the UN tribunal tasked with prosecuting crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Serge Brammertz was speaking before the acquittal on Thursday of the former Serbian politician, Vojislav Šešelj, who was accused of having been involved in crimes committed by Serbian forces from August 1991 until September 1993.

Last week, the former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadžić was found guilty of genocide and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Daniel Dickinson began by asking Mr Brammertz how the judgements handed down by the ICTY are received in the region.

Duration: 2'29"

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