SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Serbs convicted of executing Muslims
BELGRADE — Four former members of a Serbian paramilitary force were convicted yesterday of abducting 16 Muslims from a bus in 1992 and taking them to Bosnia to be tortured and executed.
The court said the four former members of the Avengers paramilitary group abducted 15 Muslim men and a woman while they were traveling from Serbia to their work in neighboring Bosnia in October 1992 and took them to a nearby motel, where they were tortured with knives and then executed on the banks of the Drina River, on the border between Serbia and Bosnia.
The two in custody, Djordje Sevic and Dragutin Dragicevic, got 15 and 20 years, respectively. Two others, Milan Lukic and Oliver Krsmanovic, are on the run and were tried in absentia, and received 20-year prison terms — half the maximum sentence.
MUSLIM TERRORISTS STALK HOLLAND
THE HAGUE — BETWEEN 10 AND 20 RADICAL ISLAMIC GROUPS, SOME WITH INTERNATIONAL LINKS, ARE CURRENTLY ACTIVE IN THE NETHERLANDS, DUTCH INTERIOR MINISTER JOHAN REMKES TOLD A DUTCH CURRENT-AFFAIRS PROGRAM YESTERDAY.
THE MINISTER SAID THAT THE INTELLIGENCE SERVICES WERE TRACKING THE SO-CALLED “HOFSTAD” TERROR NETWORK LINKED TO THE SUSPECTED KILLER OF FILMMAKER THEO VAN GOGH AND OTHER GROUPS.
“THERE ARE GROUPS THAT ARE PURELY LOCAL, AND THERE ARE GROUPS WITH INTERNATIONAL LINKS, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SOME 10 TO 20 GROUPS,” MR. REMKES SAID.
OPPOSITION TO REFORMS PROMPTS RESIGNATION
KIEV — UKRAINE’S DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, A CLOSE AIDE TO PRESIDENT VIKTOR YUSHCHENKO DURING THE COUNTRY’S ORANGE REVOLUTION, RESIGNED YESTERDAY AFTER LASHING OUT AT OPPONENTS OF HIS PLANNED ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS.
MR. YUSHCHENKO HAD PLACED ROMAN BESSMERTNYI IN CHARGE OF THE COUNTRY’S ADMINISTRATIVE AND TERRITORIAL REFORM AFTER SWEEPING TO POWER IN FEBRUARY.
MR. BESSMERTNYI DECIDED TO QUIT HIS POST AFTER FACING BITTER OPPOSITION DURING A PUBLIC DEBATE IN KIEV ON THE REFORMS.
CHICKEN CURRY POT SETS WORLD RECORD
LONDON — A CURRY CHEF IN CENTRAL ENGLAND CLAIMED SATURDAY TO HAVE RUSTLED UP THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CURRY — A SIZZLING 10-TON CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA COOKED IN A SWIMMING-POOL-SIZED POT.
VAST QUANTITIES OF CHICKEN, VEGETABLES, SPICES AND CURRY POWDER WERE CHOPPED AND SLICED IN ADVANCE FOR THE BID BY ABDUL SALAM, OWNER OF THE EASTERN EYE RESTAURANT IN LICHFIELD, STAFFORDSHIRE, TO BREAK THE WORLD RECORD.