SPS leader Dacic blasts RTS series on Milosevic

NEWS 02.04.2021 12:33
Source: N1 (arhiva)

Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) leader Ivica Dacic said on Friday that the state TV (RTS) series on the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic is “an abuse of one family’s tragedy for the personal promotion of the people involved”.

Milosevic was leader of the SPS during the 1990s and was arrested following a popular uprising in March 2001 on charges of embezzlement and corruption and was later extradited to the Hague Tribunal to stand trial on charges of war crimes. He died of natural causes in the tribunal detention unit. The five-part series Family covers the days leading up to his arrest. It is being aired in a prime time slot every evening of this week.

Dacic, currently serving as Parliament Speaker, said the series should have been about how Milosevic was tricked. “The people who arrested him should be in jail because they tricked him, signed guarantees,” the former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said on the RTS morning show, adding that “mice arrested Milosevic”. Mice is a slang term used mainly by criminal circles in Serbia to denote anyone considered unworthy.

He asked how the state TV and Telekom could use public money to finance the series. “History will show who was right… It imposes the theory that Milosevic was to blame for everything, for genocide, the wars, bombings,” Dacic said.