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05.04.2019

Guilty verdicts in the long-running trial of four men for the assassination of publisher Slavko Curuvija

by Jane Whyatt

A court in the Serbian capital Belgrade has convicted three men of the 1999 assassination of the journalist, editor and publisher Slavko Curuvija. A fourth man, who is still at large, was also convicted in his absence. Together they must serve jail terms totalling 100 years.

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Curuvija was shot in the back 17 times in front of the building where he lived in Belgrade.

All four of the accused are former intelligence officers of the Serbian State Security Service.

1.   Radomir Markovic aided and abetted the murder. He is the former head of Serbian State Security and is also currently serving a forty-year sentence for another murder

2.   Miroslav Kurak was the direct perpetrator, it’s alleged. He is on the run and was tried and convicted in absentia.

3.   Ratko Romic former state security officer was his accomplice

4.   Milan Radonjic was also convicted for his part in the murder plot.

Read the background to the case and the personal testimony of Slavko Curuvija's colleague Ljiljana Smajlovic, who is a Member of the Executive Board of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom.



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