EC on petition to release Serbia’s PM killer: Refrain from glorifying crimes

NEWS 11.10.2021 17:32
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Source: N1

It is necessary to refrain from any glorification of war crimes and encourage reconciliation, the European Commission (EC) said on Monday after the convicted war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic launched a petition for the presidential pardon of Zvezdan Jovanovic, sentenced for the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic in 2003.

„The European Union has a clear and firm stance on the need to effectively overcome the legacy of the past, refrain from any glorification of war crimes and encourage reconciliation,“ the EC told the Voice of America(VOA), commenting on the request for the petition.

EC spokesperson Ana Pisonero added that every country that aspired to join the EU was expected to respect and promote the fundamental values of the Union, the rule of law, democracy and justice.

Earlier, the US Embassy in Belgrade said it was difficult to understand why a convicted war criminal got a public space in which he promoted the release of the man sentenced for the murder of the first democratically elected prime minister in Serbia.

Vasiljkovic’s, aka Captain Dragan, Foundation has organised the signing of the petition for the release of Jovanovic in the centre of Belgrade. Men dressed in black appeared in front of the stand to guard it.

The only condemnation came from some opposition parties and people on social networks.

Djindjic’s friends and associates told the Belgarde Danas daily that „no one else but the regime is behind the petition.“

Jovanovic, a former officer of the disbanded Special Operations Unit of the State Security Department, is serving a 40-year prison sentence for Djindjic’s assassination outside the Government building on March 12, 2003.

Former unit commander Milorad Ulemek was also sentenced to 40 years as the main organiser of the murder.

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