Marković questioned in connection with Ćuruvija murder

BELGRADE -- Former state security chief Radomir Marković was questioned on Monday on suspicion of having ordered the killing of Slavko Ćuruvija.

The journalist and publisher was shot and killed on April 11 1999.

Marković was questioned in the presence of his attorneys by the Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime at the Pozarevac prison, where he is serving a 40-year sentence, Miljko Radisavljević, the prosecutor for organized crime, told Tanjug.

Details of Marković's statement cannot be disclosed to maintain the secrecy of investigation, Radisavljević said.

The Prosecutor's Office for organized Crime last week launched an investigation against Marković, the former chief of the National Security (DB) Belgrade office Milan Radonjić, the head of the office's 6th section Ratko Romić, and a member of a special security service within DB, Miroslav Kurak.

According to the investigation warrant, Marković and Radonjic are charged with having ordered Ćuruvija's murder and Romić and Kurak are believed to have executed the crime.

After the arrest, Radonjic and Romić were remanded in custody on January 14. Kurak is outside of Serbia and an international warrant for his arrest will be issued.

Marković is serving a 40-year sentence in Požarevac for involvement in the murder of former Serbian president Ivan Stambolić on August 25, 2000, and four members of the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) on October 3, 1999.

Radonjić and Romić are being tried before the High Court in Belgrade for assisting in the attempted murder of SPO leader Vuk Drašković in Budva, Montenegro, in 2000.

They were sentenced in the first-instance to eight and seven years in prison respectively, but the verdict has subsequently been thrown out and a retrial ordered.

Slavko Ćuruvija was killed outside of his home in downtown Belgrade in April 1999, during the NATO bombing campaign against Serbia.

The key witness in the investigation into Ćuruvija's murder was former commander of Serbia's Special Operations Unit Milorad Ulemek aka Legija.

Ulemek is serving the maximum prison sentence of 40 years for involvement in the murder of then Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić and two more assassinations, and his testimony was confirmed by two other witnesses whose identity was not revealed for security reasons.