Former paramilitary killed in Belgrade

Monday, 20 March, 2000

A former Serbian paramilitary leader and deputy of the murdered warlord Arkan has been shot dead outside a Belgrade hotel.

Branislav Lainovic Dugi was killed by automatic gunfire at the exit of the Hotel Serbia.

The incident is the latest in a series of recent gangland-style assassinations, most of which have not been solved.

In January, Serbia's notorious warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, also known as Arkan, was killed in a Belgrade hotel.

Weeks later, Yugoslav Defence Minister Pavle Bulatovic was also gunned down in a restaurant.

Serbia's Beta news agency reported that witnesses heard three shots and then saw a young man running away.

Crime network

Branislav Lainovic Dugi was believed to control the crime network in the northern city of Novi Sad, about 60 km (40 miles) north of Belgrade.

He was also a former commander of the Serb Guard, a paramilitary group organised by opposition Serbian Renewal Movement which fought on the side of the Serbs in Croatia at the start of the war there in 1991.

After the war he was involved in private business, among other things owning of the most popular discotheque in Serbia, the Paradiso.

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