Slain journalist Slavko Curuvija’s family hoped for convictions for his assassination 20 years ago, but they did not expect to find out complete truth about the murder of the well-known reporter and publisher, N1 reported.
In an interview with N1, Curuvija’s daughter said those who she believed were responsible were the then regime and the then Minister of Information, current Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic.
Curuvija said the process was complicated, and the behaviour of the trial chamber was odd.
“In few instances, it was taking out and getting back some evidence… They seemed somehow inclining to the defence lawyers and the defendants, so we could not even assume what the verdict will be until this morning,” Jelena Curuvija said.
Asked about whether the justice was served entirely when it wasn’t confirmed who ordered the kill and who pulled the trigger 14 times, she said: “In essence, not.”
She added she and her family would “never be satisfied since the masterminds, the people we think ordered it, have never been publicly named."
Vucic expressed great satisfaction that the trial had been brought to a conclusion, saying that a very important message had been sent. “A message that no one has the right to kill anyone, in any way for any reason even if they believe it is a matter of state,” he said.
“However,” she said, “I think this is an important day not only for me but for the country. The trial chamber has sent a clear message to the society and state and journalists, and I look at the verdict in the way.”
Commenting on the fact that crucial information became available when those who were in power then came back, Curuvija said: “It is surely a strange moment.”
She said she didn’t blame anyone personally but held some responsible.
“In that sense, I forbid myself to blame anyone or hate them… People who were in power then and a man who was the Minister of Information and currently is the president of the state bear responsibility not only for dad's death but for the destruction of his newspapers as well. It was going on for a few months before his death, like an introduction into the final act. So, I think it is his (Vucic's) responsibility that the case is solved during his mandate,” Curuvija said.