Convicted Serb assassin extradited from Croatia
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 21:55
Belgrade: A fugitive convicted of taking part in the assassination of Serbia's Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic seven years ago and several other murders has been extradited from Croatia, Serbia's police said on Wednesday.

Sretko Kalinic was flown on a Serbian government plane from Zagreb to Belgrade early today amid tight security measures that included blocked traffic by heavily armed SWAT teams.

His extradition was made possible after Serbia and Croatia, wartime foes in the 1990s, recently signed an extradition treaty. Kalinic, 26, has a dual Serbian-Croatian citizenship.

Croatian police spokesman Krunoslav Borovec said Kalinic is the first Croatian citizen to be extradited to Serbia. The new extradition agreement is intended to stop numerous Balkan crime figures from evading justice by finding shelter in the neighbouring countries.

Kalinic was sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison with 10 other former gang members and paramilitaries for a planning role in the March 2003 assassination of Djindjic, Serbia's first democratically-elected prime minister who was killed by a sniper bullet in downtown Belgrade.


First Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 21:55

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