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Serbian Gov't Lifts State of Emergency

Authorities on Tuesday lifted a state of emergency that had enabled police to carry out a sweeping crackdown following the assassination of Serbia’s prime minister. The emergency measure introduced on March 12 after Zoran Djindjic was killed resulted in about 4,500 arrests, including many allies of disgraced former President Slobodan Milosevic. Some international human rights groups and Serbia’s opposition parties criticized the measure as too harsh. Acting Serbian President Natasa Micic announced the end of the state of emergency in a televised speech. “We can say today that we have dealt a crucial blow to organized crime; we have dismantled Milosevic’s criminal apparatus and severed a spiral of crime that has ravaged our country for more than a decade,” Micic said. Full Story

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