The man who gave the world the phrase “ethnic cleansing” has gone on trial in the Hague, charged with crimes against humanity. The War Crimes’ Tribunal accuses Vojislav Seselj, leader of Serbia’s ultra-nationalist Radical Party, of inciting hatred of Croats, Muslims and other non-Serbs during the disintegration of Yugoslavia.
His trial is a fresh opportunity for prosecutors to hold Serbia’s leaders responsable for crimes committed during Yugoslavia’s death throes in the 1990s. Former strongman Slobodan Milosevic died in custody last year ending his trial without a verdict. Seselj gave himself up in 2003, and denies the charges.