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Serbian police arrests foreign mercenaries for terrorism
May 17, 2000

The place where Nikolic was transported to Bosnia
The place where Nikolic was transported to Bosnia
Belgrade, May 16 (Tanjug) - The police of the Yugoslav Republic of Serbia has arrested eight Yugoslavs in foreign pay on suspicion of committing an act of terrorism, a police spokesman said in Belgrade on Tuesday.

Crime squad assistant chief Mile Novakovic told a news conference the suspects abducted one Dragan Nikolic, a.k.a. Yankee, a Bosnian Serb, from the town of Smederevo, 40 km southeast of Belgrade, in the night of April 20-21.

They smuggled him across the border into Bosnia-Herzegovina and delivered him to the international SFOR force, which flew him to the Hague, where he was put in prison of the international tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Novakovic said.

The suspects are Branko Stupar (aged 36), Zeljko Mitrovic (35), Goran Dimitrijevic (36), Miroljub Vasic (38) and Slavoljub Arnautovic (23), all from Loznica on the Drina, near the Bosnian border.

Also arrested were Jadranka Kovacevic (38) from Belgrade, former police officer Goran Savic (25) and police officer Zivorad Trajkovic (29), both from Smederevo.

According to initial findings, the group has received about 100,000 German marks from foreign intelligence services, Novakovic said, adding that investigation is continuing.

The suspects will be handed over to the investigative judge of the District Court in Smederevo on Wednesday, charged with the commission of a terrorist act jeopardizing the constitutional order and security of Yugoslavia.

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