The killers of Serbia’s former Prime Minister, Zoran Djindjic, are not heroes, the Democratic Party (DS) said in response to an article published by the local newspaper Alo.
In the article, Dragan Vasiljkovic, known as ‘Captain Dragan’, asks for the early release of Milorad Ulemek Legija and Zvezdan Jovanovic who were sentenced to 40 years in prison for the assassination.
Vasiljkovic was recently released from prison early after he served a sentence for war crimes which was handed down against him by Croatia’s judiciary and he announced that he will run in Serbia’s elections.
The DS said that publishing such an article would be impossible without agreement from Serbia’s President, Aleksandar Vucic, “who has according to his own admission celebrated Djindjic’s assassination the third time he got drunk in his life, while the second time he was drunk was after the journalist Slavko Curuvija was killed.”
“It is very important that Serbia’s citizens at this moment recognise the true policies of Vucic his hypocritical attempt to present those behind that crime as those who continue the policy over which the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Serbia Zoran Djindjic was killed,” the party said.
The Party for Freedom and Justice (SSP) also reacted to the Alo article. It condemned “attempts to present killers as heroes” and added that it “will not allow a revision of historical facts and legal rehabilitation of criminals.”