Serbian Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic said on Friday that it was "hypocritical" of the UN court to say that witnesses did not dare to appear in court in Belgrade and that therefore the two Serbian Radical Party officials had to be tried in The Hague.
"Serbia has the right to appeal. It will refute the decision," Kuburovic said, Serbia's Happy TV station reported.
The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals said on Tuesday that it will return the proceedings against ultranationalist politicians Petar Jojic and Vjerica Radeta to The Hague from Belgrade because witnesses were unwilling to reveal information to the Serbian authorities out of fear for their lives and safety.
Blerim Kuci. Photo: BIRN.
"Today I received the invitation letter and the order to appear before the high prosecutor of the Specialist Prosecutor's Office in The Hague, on March 12, 2019," Kuci wrote in a statement sent to local media on Thursday.
He added that he will "fulfil the obligation and will respond to this order".