Serbia

Serbian priest "beats up his mistress"

Serbian priest "beats up his mistress"Belgrade

Serbian mafia boss arrested over killing of Croatian journalist

Serbian mafia boss arrested over killing of Croatian journalistBelgrade - Belgrade police on Monday arrested Serbia's most powerful outlaw figure Sreten Jocic on suspicion of murdering Croatian editor and publisher Ivo Pukanic last year, Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said. Dacic said Jocic, aka Joca Amsterdam, was arrested in a coordinated police action and that he is suspected of participating in the murder of Pukanic.

Jocic's attorney briefly told journalists that the police were searching though his client's house but made no other comment.

Serbian newspapers praise women after Fed Cup win

tennis Belgrade - Serbia was hailed as a "superpower" in women's tennis by the national media on Monday after a Fed Cup win over Spain propelled the small Balkan country to the World Group. The Serbian team, which includes two former WTA top players Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, beat Spain 4-0 in Lleida over the weekend.

"Serbians join the elite" "Jelena and Ana in high society" and "Serbia a world power" were some of the headlines dominating the sports pages in the local press.

Red Star's president quits

Belgrade - Red Star Belgrade, Serbia's best known football team which has sunk into total disarray, suffered another blow when its president Dobrivoje Tanasijevic resigned, local media reported Saturday. A 75-year-old Tanasijevic quit on Friday after failing to get the club out of financial crisis. The club reportedly owns around 30 million dollars to its creditors.

"Red Star needs a new president and I wish him all the luck. I'll still be, as a fan, with the club that will remain in my thoughts," Tanasijevic was quoted as saying.

The club sank into chaos last month with some players unpaid for months and some of them facing eviction from their homes. The club also had its water supply and telephone lines cut off for days over unpaid bills.

Families mark ten years since Belgrade TV building bombing

Families mark ten years since Belgrade TV building bombingBelgrade  - Families and colleagues on Thursday marked the tenth anniversary of the NATO bombing of the Serbian state television (RTS) building when 16 employees have been killed.

A service was held at a memorial site near the RTS building in downtown Belgrade. The families, friends and colleagues, including RTS director Aleksandar Tijanic lit candles and placed flowers.

Four Serbian ex-policemen sentenced for war crimes in Kosovo

Four Serbian ex-policemen sentenced for war crimes in Kosovo Belgrade - A Belgrade war crimes court on Thursday sentenced four Serbian ex-policemen to prison for the murder of Albanian civilians in Kosovo in 1999, but acquitted the man charged with ordering the murder.

Seven Serbian police officers were tried for the murders of 48 members of the Berisha family on March 26, 1999 in Suva Reka, Kosovo. The trial began in October 2006.

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