Serbia court convicts 26 members of mob group on murder, kidnapping charges

[JURIST] A Serbian court convicted 26 members of Belgrade's "Zemun clan" and sentenced them collectively to 465 years in prison Friday. The Zemun clan once acted as a hit squad for former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive]. Those convicted, including former paramilitary commander Milorad Ulemek, had been charged with 18 murders, three abductions and two terrorist attacks. Eight of the convicted members of the group were tried in absentia and remain at large.

Ulemek and several of the group's members were convicted [JURIST report] separately last year for the murder of former Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic [BBC obituary; memorial website]. Ulemek was also convicted [JURIST report] in 2005 for murdering former Serbian President Ivan Stambolic [Guardian obituary]. His 40 year sentence for that conviction was upheld [JURIST report] last year. AP has more.

 

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