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Lawyer for ex-Serbian leader shot dead



Belgrade (AFP) – A leading lawyer defending former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes, was shot dead in Belgrade on Sunday

Dragoslav Ognjanovic shot dead outside the block of flats on Saturday night where he lived also an older underworld figure, reported Serbian media.

"The police are looking for the person who … killed the lawyer Dragoslav Ognjanovic and wounded his 26-year-old son in the arm," said Serbian police officer Dejan Kovacevic

The authorities did not agree with the murder of the 56-year-old his work for Milosevic or Luka Bojovic, who reportedly served for 18 years in a Spanish jail for weapons possession.

The daily newspaper Vecernje Novosti said that Bojovic is one of the main players in a fight between two gangs from Kotor in Montenegro, who have left several dead.

Another Serbian lawyer, Vladimir Zrelec, who represented a top member of the rival gang, was murdered in December 2015 in Belgrade

Viktor Gostiljac, head of the Serbian Bar Association, said "the entire profession is" shocked "after this murder " been.

He called for a meeting with the Interior and Justice Ministers to protect Serbian lawyers

"The shot at Dragoslav Ognjanovic is a shot at all lawyers," it said in a statement by the association, which demanded that the killers be caught quickly become.

Ognjanovic served in Milosevic's team of lawyers But the Serbian leader represented himself before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, a UN court that dealt with war crimes in the Balkans in the 1990s.

Milosevic died on March 14, 2006 in his cell at the Hague Tribunal charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in the dispute over the break-up of Yugoslavia, which killed 130,000 people.


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