A Serbian appeals court has overturned four convictions related to the murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija in 1999 during the tenure of President Slobodan Milosevic and ordered a new trial on the facts, as reported by danas.rs portal.
The former director of the then Serbian Security State, Radomir Markovic, and one of his subordinates were sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2019 for inciting the murder of the journalist. Two other men were sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder.
According to the court, last year’s penalties related to law enforcement were exceeded and not based on evidence.
Curuvija, a journalist and editor of an opposition newspaper, was shot dead in 1999 in the Orthodox East during the air war that NATO launched against Serbia for its military action against the Albanians when they called for Kosovo’s independence.