Doctors have predicted that Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj could die within two weeks if he persists with a hunger strike. Officials at the UN tribunal in the Hague say the 52 year old ultra-nationalist must be kept alive in the interests of justice, by being force-fed if necessary. “The doctors had two main observations to report. Firstly, that they were satisfied with the conditions provided to Mr Seselj in the Dutch prison hospital, where he is being kept under close observation in order for a prompt medical intervention to be undertaken should a medical necessity arise. Secondly, they reported on Mr Seleslj’s medical condition and expressing their grave concern with the state of his health due to his refusal to take food and medicine.” said spokesperson Refik Hodzic.
Doctors treating the Serbian former Deputy Prime Minister say his life hangs in the balance: “We have examined Dr Seselj yesterday afternoon, together with my Serbian and Russian colleague. We were really worried about his condition, he has been on hunger strike for 25 days now so he’s entering a critical period and as of today we fear for his life.” said Doctor Patrick Barriot.
Seselj stopped eating on November the tenth in a bid to enforce a variety of demands, including self-representation. His trial, on war crimes charges dating back to the 1990’s which he denies, was suspended last week. It’s feared Seselj’s death could have political repercussions in Serbia, ahead of parliamentary elections in January. His opposition Radical Party holds roughly one third of the vote.