B92 reveals: Arkan planned UEFA chief murder
BELGRADE -- Tonight at 10 p.m., a new series of Insider begins on TV B92.
Over the next six months, the investigative program will reveal the hold criminals have on Serbian sport.
Murders, kidnaps, the role of the Mafia, businessmen and politicians, and the hundreds of millions of euros that pass through football on an annual basis are far from the public eye, and have not been the subject of any serious inquiry thus far on the part of the authorities.
The last ten years have seen the murder of ten sports officials.
Many of them, prior to taking over or establishing their own football clubs, were known to the police, and had been linked to drug trafficking, smuggling, and had taken part in a series of gangland clashes during 1990s.
Since the nineties and to this very day, football remains a hotbed of money laundering.
Insider exclusively reveals that the millions earned through transfer dealings have led to match-fixing, changing room violence, abductions of footballers, and even death.
For the first time, judges, players, and sports employees will speak publicly about the methods introduced by Željko Ražnatović, aka Arkan, that are still employed today.
Under Arkan’s ownership, Obilić FC became Yugoslav league champions within the space of only 12 months.
This triumph came about as a result of match-fixing, threats to players, managers, referees, and lots of weaponry and intimidation at stadiums.
Once this method of operation had proved itself to be effective, Arkan, to Insider’s knowledge, even attempted to murder UEFA President Lennart Johansson as revenge for UEFA refusing to allow him, as a suspected war criminal, to represent Obilić, who, as domestic champions, had qualified for the first round of the Champions League qualifiers.
In an exclusive interviewer with Insider, Lennart Johansson, for the first time, publicly reveals that he knew of the assassination attempt.
“Yes, I heard about it. It wasn’t the first time. And I was concerned that it might happen. He spoke to people close to me, with my family, about what he could do, but there’s nothing you can do when someone mentally unhinged wants to kill you, and it does happen. Of course I was scared.
“Of course you’re worried, but what can you do when someone wants to kill you. I was worried and I wondered what I could actually do. There was nothing I could do to protect myself. You can’t protect yourself from someone who has those sorts of things on their mind. If it was a public threat, I can only assume that your government tried to stop it,” he told B92.
However, violence and intimidation continue to be part and parcel of Serbian football today.
To see how politicians and business managed to become embroiled with a large number of criminals, watch Insider tonight at 10 p.m.
January 18, 2008 | 15:45 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Four members of the Zemun Clan criminal group have received prison sentences totaling over 460 years.
January 15, 2008 | 17:44 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Humanitarian Law Center (FHP) has sued the state of Serbia for alleged 1995 torture of Bosniaks.
January 15, 2008 | 09:08 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Four social affairs advisers and one driver from Kosovo's Labor Ministry have been injured in an explosion in Suva Reka.
January 15, 2008 | 10:13 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
OSIJEK -- A house in Osijek, where Serb civilians were taken to and killed during the war, has been demolished.
January 15, 2008 | 19:29 | Source: Reuters | Comments: (3) | Send comment
OSLO -- Norway will hand over a Croatian citizen accused of involvement in the 1991 Vukovar massacre to Serbia.
January 15, 2008 | 13:44 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The trial of Vojislav Šešelj resumes at the Hague today with the second prosecution witness Goran Stoparić taking the stand.
January 18, 2008 | 15:59 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Supreme Court has remanded four members of the Scorpions paramilitary unit in custody for a further three months.
January 18, 2008 | 16:20 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- The trial of Rahim Ademi and Mirko Norac, accused of crimes against Serbs in the Medak Pocket, continues in Zagreb.
January 18, 2008 | 13:06 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The Hague trial of Ante Gotovina, Ivan Čermak and Mladen Markač will begin in March, says Judge Alphons Orie.
January 18, 2008 | 09:07 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Mirsad Prentić, one of a group of 15 Wahhabis charged with terrorism, Thursday rejected the indictment against him.
January 20, 2008 | 15:46 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The prosecution and defense will make their closing statements at the trial of Ramush Haradinaj at the Hague this week.
January 21, 2008 | 10:17 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The deputy foreign minister says that Serbia is doing everything it can to complete cooperation with the Hague Tribunal.
January 21, 2008 | 12:06 | Source: Beta | Comments: (11) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Four people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion in Priština, say the Kosovo Police Service (KPS).
January 21, 2008 | 09:40 | Source: Beta | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BUJANOVAC -- Unknown attackers attempted to demolish a building belonging to a private Albanian television station in Bujanovac.
January 17, 2008 | 13:24 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The war crimes trial of Serb Radical Party leader Vojislav Šešelj at the Hague has been adjourned until Tuesday, January 22.
January 17, 2008 | 15:29 | Source: Beta | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A police officer from Prizren testified today at the Suva Reka war crimes trial.
January 17, 2008 | 16:18 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Police are on the trail of a youth suspected of setting fire to the Putnik Hotel in Novi Sad on December 11, says Radio 021.
January 16, 2008 | 14:57 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- New Hague Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz says that catching the remaining four fugitives is his “absolute priority.”
January 16, 2008 | 21:03 | Source: Beta | Comments: (9) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- The trial of Rahim Ademi and Mirko Norac continued in Zagreb today with protected witness testimonies.
January 16, 2008 | 19:50 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The trial of a group of 15 Sandžak Wahhabis facing terrorism charges continued in Belgrade today.
January 16, 2008 | 09:50 | Source: Beta | Comments: (17) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The Hague Tribunal prosecution has called for a sentence of 25 years imprisonment for Ramush Haradinaj.
January 16, 2008 | 11:27 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A former police inspector in Prizren says that the murder of 38 Albanians in the town was not documented by police.
January 16, 2008 | 20:10 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
NOVI SAD, BELGRADE -- Four Democrat and two Radical activists are the latest victims in the campaign-related violence.
January 19, 2008 | 10:56 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Erhan Smailović, one of a group of 15 Wahhabis charged with terrorism, has rejected the indictment against him.
January 19, 2008 | 13:55 | Source: B92, Blic | Comments: (6) | Send comment
ČAČAK -- A monk who was recently arrested for drug trafficking has admitted to some of the charges yesterday.
January 19, 2008 | 14:41 | Source: SENSE | Comments: (6) | Send comment
THE HAGUE -- The Hague trial of the six former Serbian leaders charged with Kosovo crimes continued this week.