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Serbia: 45 People Charged In Djindjic Assassination

Belgrade, 29 April 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Serbian authorities say they have charged 45 people with complicity in the assassination last month of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic (pictured). Interior Minister Dusan Mihajlovic said in Belgrade today that those charged include ultranationalist Vojislav Sesejl, who already has surrendered to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for trial on unrelated war crimes charges.

Also today, Serbian authorities charged former President Slobodan Milosevic with organizing a criminal group that attempted to kill opposition politician Vuk Draskovic in June 2000. The attack left Draskovic only slightly wounded.

Police say some members of the criminal group named in the Draskovic case are among the 45 charged today in the Djindjic assassination. Last week, Serbian authorities charged Milosevic with inciting the murder in 2000 of former Serbian President Ivan Stambolic.

Milosevic is on trial before the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on charges of war crimes and genocide stemming from the Balkan wars of the 1990s.