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article imageSerbian sniper arrested in Spain

By Amanda Payne     Feb 14, 2012 in World
The man accused of shooting dead the Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic in 2003 using a sniper rifle has been arrested in Spain, following a two year international police operation.
Vladimir Milisavljevic is a member of the infamous Zemun Clan which had been created from former members of the Arkan Tigers. He had committed the assassination on the orders of Luka Bojovic who appears to have been living quietly in a small town near the city of Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca. His wife and children were often seen in the town with his children reported by El Pais as being good students at their local school.
Both men were suspected of being in Spain, although up until last week, an international police operation had been unable to track them down. Bojovic had taken extreme measures to avoid being seen or captured only ever travelling in taxis and changing his route regularly.
International police had been following another member of the Zemun Clan, Vladimir Mijanovic, and when he flew into Valencia, police were ready to swoop. The quick actions of the Spanish police meant that several members of the group, including the two most wanted, were arrested.
On Sat Feb 12. four of the Serbians were ordered to be held in custody by a Spanish judge. Serbia is now seeking their extradition with Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernández meeting with Serbian ambassador Jela Bacovic on Monday Feb. 13 to begin the proceedings. The Serbian ambassador expressed his thanks for Spain's assistance in the capture of the criminals.
The BBC reported that Bojovic is also wanted in connection with approximately twenty murders in Serbia, the Netherlands and in Spain itself. According to the BBC, the Serbians were dining in a restaurant when the police stormed in.
SETimes reports that current Serbian President Boris Tadic described the arrests as "a decisive blow to organised crime, from which it will not recover for a long time".
It is expected that the Serbian criminals will be extradited back to Serbia as quickly as possible, perhaps within a month.
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