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Djindjic's Assassins 'Had Inside Help'

The prime suspects in the assassination of Zoran Djindjic, Serbian prime minister, may have been helped by informants inside the government, according to a commission investigating the murder. Evidence that security failures and institutional links to organised crime may have led to Mr Djindjic’s death in March underlines the fragility of a country still struggling to emerge from the dark years under Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav president ousted in a coup three years ago. The influence of organised crime will alarm the international community and could damage the government. Prime minister Zoran Zivkovic has been trying to convince European leaders that Serbia will be ready to join the European Union by 2007. The report shows that the chief suspect, Milorad Lukovic, a reputed crime boss, maintained close links with the interior ministry and the BIA, Serbia’s intelligence agency. Details of the report emerged on Thursday as the government issued indictments against 44 people, including Mr Lukovic, who is still on the run, suspected of conspiring or taking part in the assassination, the prosecutor’s office said. Full Story

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