Croat officials halt Serbia visit over far-right incident

Croat officials halt Serbia visit over far-right incident
FILE - In this April 1, 2015 file photo, Serbian far right leader Vojislav Seselj burns a Croatian flag at a protest in front of the Higher Court in Belgrade, Serbia. A Croatian parliamentary delegation has cut short a visit to neighboring Serbia after a far-right leader convicted of war crimes stamped on the Croatian national flag and insulted visiting officials. Croatian state TV said Wednesday, April 18, 2018 the delegation decided to return home after the incident in the Serbian parliament involving Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Croatian parliamentary delegation has cut short a visit to neighboring Serbia after a far-right leader convicted of war crimes reportedly stamped on the Croatian national flag and shouted insults.

The delegation says they decided to return home after the reported incident earlier Wednesday in the Serbian parliament involving Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj.

A U.N. war crimes court last week sentenced Seselj to 10 years in prison for instigating crimes against ethnic Croats, partially overturning his earlier acquittal of atrocities during the Balkan conflict in the 1990s.

Seselj remains free because he had spent nearly 12 years in court custody during his trial at the tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. He is a lawmaker in Serbia’s parliament.

Serbian officials have condemned the incident.