Mafia murders shock Serbia, reveal web of corruption

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A prominent lawyer who defended Slobodan Milosevic was murdered on a Serbian street. The 19th such killing this year, the crime has cast suspicion on the region’s nefarious web of corruption at high levels.

Respected lawyer Dragoslav Ognjanovic was gunned down over the weekend in front of his apartment in what the Belgrade press called an “ambush.” His 26-year-old son was also wounded in the attack. Ognjanovic helped defend former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, during the early 2000s when he stood trial accused of having committed war crimes. The lawyer is now the 19th victim of gang-related crime in Serbia this year. So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

In previous years, Ognjanovic counted some of Serbia’s most notorious mafia figures among his clients. His murder sparked a weeklong protest by fellow attorneys across the entire country. Bozo Prelevic, a well-known lawyer who worked for the country’s interior ministry, is shocked. “What lawyer would now dare defend clients connected to mafia gangs that murder people?” He says the attack on Ognjanovic sends a strong warning to all lawyers…

Read more: DW.com,. 31.07.2018