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Serbia: Official Denies Rights Group's Charges Of Prison Torture

Belgrade, 4 September (RFE/RL) -- Serbian Justice Minister Vladan Batic today denied allegations by a leading human rights group that suspects arrested in connection with the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic (pictured) were tortured by prison guards. Batic said that he can affirm "with full responsibility" that there was no torture in Serbian prisons.

Batic, however, did not rule out that some of the 4,500 suspects rounded up after Djindjic's murder on 12 March might have been beaten in police stations.

Amnesty International, in a report released today, detailed a pattern of prison torture of detainees rounded up after Djindjic was gunned down by a sniper in Belgrade on 12 March (see Amnesty International Alleges Serbian Torture Of Djindjic Suspects). The report is based on the accounts of victims, their lawyers, and family members.