Serbian opposition leaders under surveillance, Djilas says

Serbian opposition leaders under surveillance, Djilas says

Serbian opposition leaders under surveillance, Djilas says Izvor: FoNet/Aleksandar Levajković

Alliance for Serbia Chairman Dragan Djilas said on Tuesday that the leaders of the opposition group were told by the police that they are being followed and monitored, adding that the police operation was launched on September 8, 2018.

Djilas also called the Public Prosecution to question Ljuban Karan who wrote an article titled A Noose for Serbia to find out if his claims are true or charge him with offenses against public order. Karan claimed in the article that “the West launched operation Noose which includes a plan to destroy Serbia” and that political assassinations of opposition figures would be staged.  

President Aleksandar Vucic said that he has proof that he and former President Tomislav Nikolic were under surveillance when they were the opposition and rejected claims by Alliance for Serbia leaders that they were being monitored. “It’s clear to everyone that no one is listening to them or following them,” he said.

Djilas said the Alliance leaders called the news conference not out of fear for their own safety but because of media campaigns prior to the killing of newspaper publisher Slavko Curuvija in the late 1990s and the murder of Kosovo Serb opposition leader Oliver Ivanovic.  

According to Djilas, Karan wrote the article for the Pecat weekly and it was re-printed by the pro-government Vecernje Novosti daily. “This article is aimed at clearing the authorities of blame if anything happens to people who think differently in Serbia,” he said.

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