Sunday, April 16, 2006

Former 'Scorpions' member released due to lack of evidence

BELGRADE, April 15 (Hina) - A former member of the Scorpions paramilitary unit, Dejan Demirovic, was released from custody in Belgrade on Saturday after the local Prosecutor's Office dropped charges of involvement in a 1999 war crime in Kosovo.

Demirovic was released due to lack of evidence, said Ivana Ramic, spokeswoman for Belgrade's District Court.

Demirovic was extradited last year from Canada, having fled in 2001.

Another former Scorpion, Sasa Cvjetan, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for the same crime -- the murder of 14 Albanian civilians, including children, and the wounding of six Albanian children in Podujevo in March 1999.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

disgrace

Anonymous said...

i agree, it is a disgrace that only Serbs who commited war crimes are being arrested and charged.

Anonymous said...

and in the end acquited for lack of evidence :).

Anonymous said...

Evidence PROVES that someone did what they were accused off, which also means that lack of evidence means there is not any PROOF that someone commited war crimes.

Anonymous said...

The witnesses were enough proof that he was involved. The little girl who was shot and survived indentified him in Canada. Your courts area joke.

cvijus said...

There are also many refugees that were attacked in Croatia and Kosovo by Ceku, but due to "lack of evidence" he is not prosecuted.

Anonymous said...

They never saw Ceku attack them. She saw him shoot her and her family.

cvijus said...

"They never saw Ceku attack them. She saw him shoot her and her family."

And how do you know that? Have they told you personally?

Anonymous said...

Cvijus, if çeku were to shoot anyone, like innocent people out of randomocity then it would be in a headline somewhere. You know yourself the March riots, they were in every newspaper, tv, radio...don't you think they would also report a headline such as, "Ceku i mbyti familje pa fajë?" KLA purpose was to LIBERATE while the Chetniks was to "protect state union" just like in Slovenia, Croatia, Srebenica, Drenica, and Raçak.

Anonymous said...

For Serbs evidence always is lacking when it helps to prosecute its own terrorists. I remember a couple of years ago Serbia had no trouble arresting about 900 Albanians in charges of terrorism and guess what... they had a lot of evidence against them. Fiction writers all over Serbia were very active during that time.

Chris Blaku said...

I wonder if the man convicted and serving 20 years is actually in a jail somewhere, or partying with Karadzic in a Church basement?