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Serbia: Authorities Demolish Property Of Suspect In Djindjic Killing

Belgrade, 14 March 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Serbian authorities today began demolishing an estate belonging to one of the main suspects in the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. Police blocked off the surrounding area as utility workers began demolishing the complex containing an empty shopping mall and two houses owned by alleged crime boss Dusan Spasojevic. Police said they were acting on an order by city authorities that said the structure had been built illegally.

Spasojevic and another alleged crime boss, Milorad Lukovic or Legija, are the main suspects accused of orchestrating Djindjic's killing on 12 March. Both are among the alleged heads of the Zemun criminal gang.

Police say the gang includes security officials from the time of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Police yesterday said they had arrested 56 people in connection with the assassination and today reported making several more arrests.

Djindjic will be buried tomorrow in Belgrade. More than 40 countries are expected to send representatives to the funeral.