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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Prosecutors at the court trying alleged war criminals from the 1990s conflicts that accompanied the break-up of Yugoslavia said on Wednesday they would appeal against last week's shock acquittal of Serbian radical politician Vojislav Seselj.

Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said the judges had ignored a large body of evidence against Seselj, who was accused of stoking murderous ethnic hatred with fiery rhetoric against Bosnian Muslims and Croats in the early 1990s.

"This led the Majority to unreasonably credit the possibility that: expelling civilians was a humanitarian gesture; that incendiary hate speech was simply morale boosting for the Serb forces; and that the deployment of ethnic cleansing forces was a measure to protect the Serb population," he said.

(Reporting By Thomas Escritt; Editing by Kevin Liffey)


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