April 26, 2023

26.04.2023 – The house arrest of two suspects of the murder of journalist Slavko Ćuruvija has been suspended

On 19 April, 2023 a court of appeal in Belgrade has invalidated the “house arrest” for Milan Radojičić and Ratko Romić, former employees of the Serbian State Security, accused of organizing (Radojičić) and participating (Romić) in the murder of Slavko Ćuruvija. . Ćuruvija, a journalist and owner of the print media Dnevni telegraf and Evropljanin, was killed on 11 April 1999 in center of Belgrad.

On 4 April, 2023 the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling stating that the extended detention of Radojicic and Romic violated the rights safeguarded by the European Convention on Human Rights. The court also ordered Serbia to pay Radojicic and Romic 1,000 EUR each in non-material damages.

In addition to Radonjić and Romić, the then head of the State Security, Radomir Marković, and the staff member of the State Security, Miroslav Kurak, who escaped out of Serbia, were also accused of participating in the murder of Slavko Ćuruvija.

It is expected that a final verdict will be issued soon. The prosecution suggested that the court declares the accused persons guilty and sentence them to a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, while the defense pointed out that there was no evidence and suggested that the court issue a release.

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