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Milosevic aide gets 40 years

June 20, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Serbia's Supreme Court sentenced late strongman Slobodan Milosevic's security chief to 40 years in prison for organizing a deadly attack on a prominent dissident in 1999.

Radomir Markovic was convicted of trying to kill opposition leader Vuk Draskovic in 1999. Draskovic survived the staged road accident and later became the foreign minister, but three of his guards and a party official died in the attack.

Markovic; Milorad Ulemek, a former commander of Serbia's paramilitary police, and two members of his unit were sentenced to 40 years, the maximum allowed under law. Seven other men received sentences of up to 35 years. Two former senior Belgrade police officers were acquitted.

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