June 28, 2004 |
A pro-Western reformer won Serbia's presidential runoff election, defeating a hard-line nationalist ally of former autocrat Slobodan Milosevic. Boris Tadic received 54% of the vote. Nationalist Tomislav Nikolic got 45%, the state electoral commission said. "My hope is that Serbia will never again be led by a man who will spearhead the killing of our countrymen," Tadic said, referring to Milosevic.
June 14, 2004 |
Hard-line nationalist Tomislav Nikolic won the most votes in the election for the republic of Serbia's president but is expected to face an uphill challenge to defeat popular reformer Boris Tadic in a runoff this month. Nikolic, whose Radical Party is led by war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj, now detained in The Hague, finished first in the field of 15 with 30.1% against 27.3% for Tadic, according to projections.
May 29, 2004 |
Gunmen killed the editor of a conservative daily in Podgorica, Montenegro, witnesses and an investigative judge said. The assailants used an automatic rifle to shoot Dusko Jovanovic, editor in chief of the Dan newspaper, in the chest and head as he entered his car in front of his office. The gunmen fled. The Dan paper has been embroiled in libel lawsuits. Jovanovic was indicted last year by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague for revealing the identity of a protected witness at the court.
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.
May 2, 2004 |
Authorities released three Jordanian police officers detained after a Kosovo prison shootout that killed three American corrections officers and an assailant, a U.N. official said. Officials are investigating whether the officers helped their commander, Sgt. Maj. Ahmed Mustafa Ibrahim Ali, as he opened fire on the Americans on April 17. But they could be detained without formal charges for only 15 days under Kosovo law.
April 29, 2004 |
An international prosecutor found no evidence linking Serbs to the drowning of three ethnic Albanian children that touched off ethnic violence in the province of Kosovo in March, a U.N. spokesman said. Prosecutor Peter Tinsley concluded that "no suspects have been identified" in the deaths in Cabra, a village about 25 miles north of the province's capital, Pristina, the spokesman said. A survivor had said the victims jumped into the river to escape Serb youths chasing them.
April 1, 2004 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell suspended about $26 million in assistance to Serbia and Montenegro on Wednesday for its refusal to hand over suspects to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague. The most prominent suspect still at large is former Bosnian Serb army commander Gen. Ratko Mladic. He was accused by the U.N. court of genocide in the deaths of about 7,000 men and boys in the Bosnian Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.
March 10, 2004 |
A landmark war crimes trial opened at Belgrade's Special Court for six Serbs accused of slaughtering 192 Croatian prisoners in the Balkan conflicts. The trial over the killings in Vukovar, Croatia, comes under a new prime minister who opposes the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague as biased against Serbs. Serbia's judiciary hopes that if the trial meets international standards, additional cases can be tried at home rather than at the U.N. tribunal.
February 22, 2004 |
Serbia's prime minister-designate said sending suspects to the U.N. war crimes tribunal would not be his top priority, defying U.S. threats to cut aid to the Balkan republic. Vojislav Kostunica said Serbia has more important issues to deal with -- like simmering social tensions and a ruined economy. "This country is not a simple deliverer of human goods to The Hague tribunal," he said. His comments are likely to anger the U.S.
February 21, 2004 |
Vojislav Kostunica, the former Yugoslav president who assumed power after helping to oust Slobodan Milosevic, became Serbia's prime minister-designate after turning to the latter's party for support. The conservative leader is expected to head a minority government backed by Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia.