Two former Serbian MPs from Seselj's party put on US blacklist
The US has sanctioned former members of the Serbian National Assembly, Vjerica Radeta и Petar Jojic, due to involvement in corruption, according to today's announcement of the State Department.
With these sanctions, the US reaffirms its commitment to fighting corruption in the region, and shows that it stands "behind all Serbs in support of democracy and the rule of law, and by calling to account all those who abuse power for personal purposes."
-Radeta and Jojic bribed and intimidated witnesses who were supposed to appear before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in order to dissuade them from giving incriminating evidence against Vojislav Seselj, leader of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS), who was then accused of war crimes crimes, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
In 2021, the Serbian government refused to arrest and extradite Jojic and Radeta, members of Seselj's Radical Party.
Price said that because of this they obstructed the judicial process, with which the International Criminal Court should have issued international arrest warrants for his contempt, and this was a threat to regional stability and negative to the national interests of the United States.
Radeta and Jojic and their immediate family are prohibited from traveling to the United States, and all assets they have in America are frozen.