May 3, 2004 |
The suspected mastermind of the 2003 assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic gave himself up to Serbian police, said Miroslav Milosevic, national security chief. Former Red Berets special police commander Milorad "Legija" Lukovic, linked to a Belgrade mafia, gave himself up outside his house in a Belgrade suburb.
October 3, 2001 |
Gunmen assassinated an opposition congressman, the third member of Colombia's Congress to be slain in the past year. Fellow lawmakers said Liberal Party Rep. Octavio Sarmiento was killed near his farm in Arauca state. No group claimed responsibility. Four other members of Congress are being held hostage by leftist rebels. Sarmiento's killing came three days after former Culture Minister Consuelo N. Araujo was found slain.
September 27, 2001 |
The separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas accused the Sri Lankan army of assassinating one of their senior leaders in a commando strike far behind rebel lines. The army denied responsibility for the killing, which the rebels condemned as provocative, raising fears of a retaliatory attack. A rebel statement described the slain guerrilla as Shankar, a self-styled colonel of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and a confidant of the group's reclusive leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran.
August 23, 2005 |
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson on Monday called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a "terrific danger" to the United States. Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition and a former presidential candidate, said on "The 700 Club" broadcast that it was the United States' duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a "launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."
November 1, 2008 |
Yitzhak Rabin's assassin, in his first interviews since the 1995 killing, said he shot the Israeli prime minister because Ariel Sharon and other hawkish former generals warned that Rabin's land-for-peace deal with the Palestinians would bring disaster. Yigal Amir shot Rabin at the end of a peace rally in Tel Aviv on Nov. 4, 1995. He considered Rabin a traitor for signing the 1993 Oslo peace accord with the Palestinians, agreeing to return land Israel had captured in wars. Amir told Israel's Channel 10 he was spurred into action by comments from Sharon, who went on to become prime minister from 2001 to 2006.
October 21, 2001
The hypocrisy of the Israeli government's outrage in the wake of the killing of Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi could not be more breathtaking ("Israel Issues Ultimatum After Minister's Slaying," Oct. 18). Israel has for years pursued a deliberate policy of targeting Palestinian officials and leaders for extrajudicial assassination, often by rocketing from U.S.-supplied helicopter gunships or via long-range sniper fire from Israeli military units. Dozens of high-ranking Palestinians have been murdered in this fashion, with only muted objection by the U.S., which continues to supply Israel with billions of dollars of aid annually.