Spanish police have arrested a man convicted over the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. Vladimir Milisavljevic was detained along with two other men in a restaurant in Valencia. Djindjic was shot dead by a sniper outside government buildings in Belgrade in 2003.
Milisavljevic was convicted in his absence and sentenced to 35 years five years ago. He had been on the run since. He was among a dozen former paramilitaries and underworld figures given jail terms for their roles in the killing. Several of those are still at large.
Djindjic’s killing stunned Serbia. He had fronted a popular uprising that led to the ousting of President Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. It was under his leadership as prime minister that Milosevic was eventually extradited to the war crimes tribunal in the Hague.
Because of that he remained a hate-figure for Milosevic supporters and hardline Serb nationalists.