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Opposition Editor Jailed In Embezzlement Case

Officials of the District Court in Kragujevac, Serbia, said on 18 September that they recently ordered the arrest of Montenegrin opposition newspaper editor Dusko Jovanovic because he failed to answer a summons in conjunction with an embezzlement case stemming from the sale of steel worth $434,000.

In Podgorica, opposition leaders said they consider the arrest politically motivated.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic filed slander charges against Jovanovic and his daily "Dan" because of a recent article charging that Djukanovic is blocking investigations into a well-publicized human-trafficking case.

Jovanovic was once previously convicted of slandering Djukanovic.

(RFE/RL 26.ix.03)

 
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