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Court confirms sentences for Djindjic's assassins

Court confirms sentences for Djindjic's assassins

The Supreme Court on Monday confirmed the sentences for most of the convicted killers of Serbia's first democratically elected Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.
Slobodan Milosevic's paramilitary commander and 11 other men were convicted in 2007 of the March 12, 2003, sniper attack on Djindjic in front of Serbian government headquarters in Belgrade. Their lawyers had appealed the sentences _ ranging from eight to 40 years in prison _ and claimed the proceedings were staged and politically motivated.
The Supreme Court on Monday reduced the sentences for three men, but confirmed those of the organizer and triggerman and seven others.
Milorad Ulemek _ former head of ex-President Slobodan Milosevic's elite Red Berets paramilitary unit set up during the wars in Bosnia and Croatia in the 1990s _ was found guilty of organizing the assassination.
Red Berets' deputy commander Zvezdan Jovanovic was convicted of pulling the trigger. Both Ulemek and Jovanovic were sentenced to 40 years in prison _ the maximum under Serbian law _ and the court confirmed those sentences on Monday.
The 10 other men received sentences between eight and 35 years.
The verdict said the accused had conspired to kill Djindjic to halt his pro-Western reforms, bring Milosevic's allies back to power and stop further extradition of war crimes suspects to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.
Milosevic was ousted from power in a popular revolt in 2000. He died of a heart attack during a war crimes trial in The Hague in 2006.


Updated : 2020-11-30 16:13 GMT+08:00