Ex-Serbian leader’s war crimes lawyer has been shot dead

An attorney for one of the most infamous war criminals of our time has been assassinated.

Dragoslav Ognjanovic, who was on Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic’s legal team, was fatally shot on Saturday night.

Defending a War Criminal

Slobodan Milosevic had the distinction of leading Serbia while a mass genocide was taking place.

In all, he was indicted on more than five dozen counts of genocide.

The prosecution called almost 300 witnesses against him as well as having 5,000 exhibits.

Even after all that evidence was produced, the defense team filed a motion to have the case dismissed for lack of evidence.

The motion was obviously denied.

Milosevic would never see the conclusion of his trial, though.

He was discovered dead in his cell in March 2006.

The judge in the case delivered a blistering statement about his crimes after his death.

However, because he died during the trial, no verdict was ever reached in the case — which was good news for Ognjanovic, who didn’t have to suffer the loss.

Death of an Attorney

Ognjanovic made a career out of defending despicable people.

In fact, Milosevic was just the tip of the spear for him.

In addition to the shamed president, Ognjanovic defended some of the more powerful mafia members in both Serbia and Montenegro.

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It is not a far reach to assume someone from organized crime was behind his assassination.

Be that as it may, though, Viktor Gostiljac, the head of the Belgrade Bar Association, expressed his concerns over the assassination, and even characterized the attack as one that was against all attorneys.

“[We will] exert maximum pressure on the competent state authorities in order to find the perpetrators of this crime,” Gostiljac said.

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