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Former Milosevic officials sentenced for attempted assassination of rival

[JURIST] A Serbian court Wednesday sentenced 10 former members of the Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] regime to jail for their roles in 1999 assassination attempt on then-Yugoslav opposition leader Vuk Draskovic [Wikipedia profile]. Draskovic is now the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Serbia-Montenegro. Six individuals were sentenced to 15 years for orchestrating a highway crash intended to kill Draskovic, including special police commander Milorad Ulemek. Radomir Markovic, then the chief of state security, was sentenced to 10 years for covering up the plot; three others were sentenced to 1 to 3 years, and two were acquitted. Markovic was originally convicted in 2003 but the verdict was overturned on appeal. Ulemek is also suspected of being involved in three other assassination plots, including the 2003 murder of Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic [Wikipedia profile]. Draskovic said the sentences were too lenient. Reuters has more.

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