THE HAGUE — The U.N. war crimes tribunal Friday indicted Serbian ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj, a key ally of ousted Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, for alleged war crimes in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Seselj said he had known for weeks that the tribunal was preparing a warrant for his arrest.
"I will go on my own. I will not let anyone arrest me," Seselj told reporters in Belgrade, the Serbian capital. "I shall go when it pleases me." He said he booked a flight to the Netherlands for Feb. 24.
Prosecution spokeswoman Florence Hartmann said in The Hague that the indictment was confirmed by a tribunal judge Friday. She could not explain how Seselj had learned about the charges before they were made public.
The indictment, signed by chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte on Jan. 15, charges Seselj with eight counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of violations of the laws or customs of war. Each count is punishable by up to life imprisonment.