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Man charged for killing Milosevic party official

BELGRADE, Jul 28, 2000 -- (Reuters) Prosecutors in the Serbian city of Novi Sad charged a man with terrorism for killing a top official of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's party in May, the state news agency Tanjug said on Thursday.

"The charges against (Milivoj) Gutovic were brought for a criminal act against the constitutional order - terrorism... committed against the head of Vojvodina's government, Bosko Perosevic," Tanjug quoted from the charge sheet.

Tanjug said the charges were brought last Friday and were passed to the District Court in Novi Sad, the capital of Serbia's northern Vojvodina province, for further procedure.

The date for the trial has not yet been set. If convicted, Gutovic faces up to 15 years in jail.

Gutovic, who worked as a security guard at the Novi Sad fair for 20 years, assassinated Perosevic, 43, on May 13, during a tour of the fair. Police immediately caught Gutovic who later reportedly confessed to the killing.

The assassination of Perosevic, known as a top official of Milosevic's Socialist Party who had introduced a more open policy towards Serbia's opposition, was the latest in a series of high-profile killings of politicians, government officials, policemen and underworld figures in Serbia.

Many of those murders remain unsolved, including the assassinations of the Yugoslav Defense Minister Pavle Bulatovic and the chief of Serbia's uniformed police, Radovan "Badza" Stojicic.



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