Police arrest suspect in Draskovic shooting

BELGRADE, Jul 1, 2000 -- (Reuters) Belgrade police on Friday arrested a suspect in the shooting of Serbian opposition leader Vuk Draskovic in Montenegro earlier this month, Serbian state television said.

State television quoted Belgrade police as saying their arrest of Vladimir Jovanovic, from the coastal Montenegrin resort of Budva, was made at the request of the investigative judge of the higher court in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica.

"Immediately after the arrest, Belgrade police handed Jovanovic over to authorized persons sent by the higher court in Podgorica," said the report, showing footage of the hand-cuffed suspect being taken into a Montenegro Airlines plane.

The Podgorica investigative judge is seeking Jovanovic for his alleged involvement in the June 15 shooting of Draskovic in his holiday apartment in Budva.

Draskovic's Serbian Renewal Movement had accused the Serbian police of shielding people who he said were "terrorists" sent by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's government to kill him.

Officials in Belgrade have denied any links with the shooting in the smaller Yugoslav republic of Montenegro and Serbian police have said they would cooperate with their Montenegrin colleagues in apprehending the suspects.

Montenegrin police said after the late-night shooting that they had caught two suspects, identified two more who had fled to Serbia and were seeking another two. They asked Serbian police for help.

Belgrade police said last week that another suspect, Dusan Spasojevic, who had come to the Belgrade police headquarters on his own after seeing his name in the media, was too ill to be transferred to Montenegro.

Serbian police lieutenant-colonel Miodrag Gutic said on Thursday that all suspects would be handed over to the Montenegrin authorities once they were arrested.

"The moment we find those persons and arrest them, we will put them on the first train or plane to Podgorica," Gutic said.

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