Former paramilitary commander reportedly killed in car crash

BELGRADE -- The Belgrade based daily Blic is reporting that a former commander of the 1990s-era paramilitary unit, convicted for war crimes, has died in a car crash.

The newspaper said that Slobodan Medić, who commended the Škorpioni (Scorpions) unit, died on Tuesday along with his wife and son near the town of Sremska Mitrovica.

The police are yet to confirm the identity of the victims. The MUP did announce that the driver and two passengers in a Toyota vehicle lost their lives in a traffic accident, and said they were S.M. (47), LJ. M. (45), and D.M. (17), all three residents of Novi Sad.

They died when a Belgrade license plates Renault, driven by D.K. collided with their car. The police said that the driver of the Renault was placed under arrest.

Slobodan Medić and four other members of the former unit were put on trial for war crimes committed against Muslims in Trnovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1995.

He was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2007.

The daily said that Medić was on his way back to prison when he died in the accident. According to this, he had been granted "weekend leave" by the prison authorities.