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Bosnian Serb intelligence service sues independent weekly

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jun 12, 2000 -- (AFP) The Bosnian Serb intelligence service (OBS) launched a court case on Monday against the independent weekly Reporter for publishing a story on illegal phone-tapping and surveillance.

According to the story carried out in the last two editions of Reporter, OBS conducted phone taps and had agents follow several politicians and journalists in Republika Srpska (RS, the Serb-run Bosnian entity) without court permission.

In a statement on Monday, OBS denied the allegations and challenged Reporter's director and editor in chief to present evidence in court.

On Reporter's list of alleged OBS victims was Zivko Radisic, the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, Mirko Sarovic, RS vice-president, Petar Djokic, the RS National Assembly speaker, Manojlo Milovanovic, the RS defense minister, and Dragan Gasic, international supervisor of Bosnian Serb television.



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