Prominent lawyer who defended Milosevic killed in Belgrade

Dragoslav Ognjanovic, adviser to Slobodan Milosevic, is surrounded by media during a break on the second day of the trial against Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, in this February 13, 2002 file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 29 July 2018
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Prominent lawyer who defended Milosevic killed in Belgrade

  • Ognjanovic was part of the legal team that defended Milosevic at the UN tribunal in The Hague

BELGRADE, Serbia: Serbian police say that a prominent lawyer who was on the defense team of former strongman Slobodan Milosevic at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has been shot and killed.
A police statement says Dragoslav Ognjanovic was killed late Saturday outside his home in the new part of Belgrade, the Serbian capital. The statement said Ognjanovic’s 26-year-old son was wounded in his right arm.
Ognjanovic was part of the legal team that defended Milosevic at the UN tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, where he was tried for war crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006 before the end of the proceedings.
Ognjanovic also defended well-known underworld figures in Serbia.
Serbian police say they are searching for the attacker.


Indonesia set to free Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence

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Indonesia set to free Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence

  • ‘Renae Lawrence is in a healthy condition. She seems to be happy, but also a bit nervous’
  • It is likely that Lawrence will be deported shortly after her release
BANGLI, Indonesia: The first member of the “Bali Nine” heroin-trafficking gang to be released from prison is expected to leave jail on Wednesday after serving 13 years, in a case that caused a huge diplomatic rift between Indonesia and Australia.
Renae Lawrence, 41, the only female member of the group, was arrested in 2005 when authorities caught her with 2.6 kilograms of heroin strapped to her body as she tried to fly out of the international airport on the holiday island of Bali.
She was initially handed a life term, but her sentence was later reduced to 20 years and then further cut due to good behavior.
It was not immediately clear what time she would be released from Bali’s Bangli prison, but officials said she may be freed around midday (0400 GMT).
“Renae Lawrence is in a healthy condition. She seems to be happy, but also a bit nervous,” head of Bangli prison Made Suwendra said.
It is likely that Lawrence will be deported shortly after her release.
The Australian Police Commissioner for the state of New South Wales, Mick Fuller, told The Australian newspaper there were two outstanding arrest warrants for Lawrence and that they will speak to her when she returns to the country.
Reports in Australian media said Lawrence could face arrest once she is back home over a high-speed chase involving a stolen vehicle dating back to just before she was arrested in Indonesia.
Of the nine in the original group, ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed by firing squad in 2015, sparking a diplomatic row between Australia and Indonesia, which has some of the world’s strictest drug laws including the death penalty.
Another member, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, died in prison in June from stomach cancer, while the remaining five are currently serving life sentences.
Some critics have lashed out at the Australian police for tipping off their Indonesian counterparts about the gang and putting its members at risk of execution in Indonesia.
High-profile cases like that of Australian Schapelle Corby, who spent more than nine years behind bars for smuggling marijuana into Bali, have stoked concern that Indonesia is becoming a destination for trafficked drugs.
Corby was deported in 2017 after several years of parole.