BELGRADE, Serbia – Serbian attorneys introduced Sunday they may go on strike for per week to protest the killing of a outstanding lawyer who had been on the protection group of former strongman Slobodan Milosevic on the Yugoslav struggle crimes tribunal and in addition defended crime figures.
Dragoslav Ognjanovic, 56, was gunned down late Saturday outdoors his house within the new a part of Belgrade, the Serbian capital, police stated. Ognjanovic’s 26-year-old son was wounded in his proper arm by the capturing, police stated in an announcement.
Police stated they have been looking out “intensively” for the killer. Serbian media reported that police sealed off the world close to the house Saturday evening and blocked exits from town. The search continued Sunday.
Ognjanovic was a part of the authorized group that defended Milosevic on the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, the place Milosevic was tried for struggle crimes dedicated throughout the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Milosevic died of a coronary heart assault in 2006 earlier than the top of the court docket proceedings.
Ognjanovic has additionally defended well-known crime figures in Serbia. Serbian media stated his killing may need been the most recent in a sequence of mafia-style executions in recent times an ongoing struggle amongst felony gangs in Serbia and in neighboring Montenegro.
The Bar Affiliation of Serbia stated Ognjanovic’s slaying “confirmed in a most drastic approach the circumstances wherein attorneys in Serbia conduct their skilled work.”
“This killing is just the most recent in a sequence of assaults on attorneys, a lot of which have remained unsolved,” the assertion stated, urging Serbian authorities to make use of “all potential assets” to search out the killer.
The attorneys’ protest strike begins Monday.