Lutz KlevemanMilosevic blamed for critic's kidnap
Wednesday 30 August 2000
Yugoslav opposition leaders have accused the Milosevic regime of masterminding the disappearance of the former Serbian president Ivan Stambulic last week.
Mr Stambulic's lawyer, Nikola Barovic, said he was sure the "removal" was meant to intimidate President Milosevic's opponents. "The regime must know what happened. Why else would it order the state media to be quiet?" he asked.
He said he hoped that Mr Stambulic was merely being held incommunicado by police. "That is illegal but it has happened many times before," he added. The media have not mentioned the disappearance. Vuk Draskovic, leader of the opposition Serbian Renewal Movement, demanded Mr Stambulic's release and referred to the incident as a "terrorist act".
Mr Stambulic, 63, disappeared last Friday while out jogging. A mentor and friend of Milosevic, he was betrayed and deposed by his protégé 13 years ago. Mr Stambulic has criticised Milosevic in recent interviews, predicting that he was "approaching a violent end".