Lawyer who defended Milosevic murdered outside his Belgrade home

Serbian lawyer, Dragoslav Ognjanovic

Lawyer who defended Milosevic murdered outside his Belgrade home


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A well-known Belgrade lawyer who gained notoriety as the lawyer of Serbia’s former dictator and accused war criminal Slobodan Milosevic was shot dead in a gangland-style murder in front of his Belgrade home on July 28.

Dragoslav Ognjanovic, 57, was gunned down and his 26-year-old son wounded in front of Ognjanovic’s apartment building located in the Novi Beograd neighbourhood of the Serbian capital, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

As part of the legal team that defended Milosevic during war crimes trial in the Hague, Ognjanovic first came to the public’s attention as he and Milosevic’s other lawyers tried to make the case that Milosevic was not guilty of war crimes, including being responsible for planning acts of genocide against Bosnians, Kosovar Albanians, and Croats during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s.

Milosevic, however, died of a heart attack in 2006 before his trial could be concluded. Ognjanovic later went on to defend several of Serbia’s leading organised crime figures, many of whom had links to Milosevic’s regime.

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