Ex-police spokesman who fought in Ukraine in plea bargain

Radomir Pocuca has reached a deal with the Higher Prosecutor's Office in Belgrade "and received a suspended sentence for fighting in Ukraine," Tanjug reported.

Source: Tanjug
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Pocuca, a former spokesperson for Interior Minsitry's PTJ unit and former TV Pink journalist and host, told reporters outside the Palace of Justice on Wednesday that he had "pleaded guilty to receive a year and a half in prison, four years suspended."

A spokeswoman for the court said that the defendant and the prosecution reached a deal, but added that the court must now confirm it, and that the verdict is yet to be announced in this trial.

Serbia in 2014 amended its Criminal Code to envisage punishment of six months to 10 years in prison those who participate in wars or armed conflict in other countries, and those organizing and recruiting other Serbian citizens.

A separate trial, where Pocuca stands accused of threatening the Women in Black NGO via Facebook, will resume before the High Court in Belgrade on May 19.

This was Pocuca's first appearance in court after he returned from Ukraine, where he fought as a volunteer on the side of pro-Russian forces.

He was arrested in March in Serbia on a warrant issued because of his failure to appear in court. Pocuca was soon released pending the end of the legal processes, while his passport has been confiscated.

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