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Serbia Razes Center Linked to Assassins

The Serbian government today sent bulldozers and police armed with Kalashnikov rifles to demolish a four-story shopping complex belonging to one of the alleged assassins of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. The destruction of the shopping complex in the Belgrade suburb of Zemun — headquarters of the mafia group accused of Djindjic’s murder — appeared designed to signal that the government will no longer tolerate the alliance of criminals and paramilitary groups that flourished in the 1990s during the rule of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. The high-profile crackdown took place as police also arrested dozens of alleged members of the Zemun clan, and interrogated several Milosevic-era security chiefs on their connections with organized crime. “This is a clear message that there is no going back,” said Dragan Bujosevic, a leading Serbian journalist who was close to Djindjic. “Serbian leaders now understand that if they lose this war, they themselves will be the next targets. They prefer to be alive rather than dead.” Full Story

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