Danish judge removed from Serb leader’s UN trial

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has removed a Danish judge from the long-running war crimes trial of Serbian nationalist Vojislav Seselj, saying a letter the judge wrote criticizing the court makes it appear he is biased.

It was not immediately clear what the effect of the ruling, published Thursday, will have on Seselj’s trial, or other trials the judge, Frederik Harhoff, took part in. The three-judge panel had been scheduled to deliver a verdict in Seselj’s case Oct. 30.

Tribunal spokeswoman Magda Spalinska says the court’s vice president will now have to make a decision on how the Seselj case should continue.

Seselj’s trial on charges of using hate-laced speeches to encourage Serb rebels to commit atrocities in Bosnia and Croatia began in 2007. He denies the charges.

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