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Montenegro Jails Man Over Journalist’s Beating

Olivera Lakic

Olivera Lakic

A Montenegro court has sentenced the attacker of an investigative reporter, whose beating in March sparked international condemnation, to nine months in jail.

Ivan Buskovic, 29, was found guilty of "violent behavior" for an attack in March on journalist Olivera Lakic.

Lakic was struck on the head several times in the attack near her home in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica.

Lakic had authored a series of articles in 2011 alleging fraud in connection with the production of counterfeit cigarettes at a Montenegrin tobacco factory.

The attack on Lakic came at a sensitive time for the nation of 650,000 people, as Montenegro is in accession talks with the European Union since last month and must meet EU standards on fighting organized crime and corruption.

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