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Friday, 19 October, 2001, 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Serbian warlord's ally shot dead
Arkan's militia, known as the Super Tigers
Arkan commanded this Serbian militia group
By Alix Kroeger in Belgrade

An associate of the late paramilitary leader, Arkan, has been shot and killed in Belgrade, the latest in a long line of gangland killings in Serbia.

Slavko Mijovic was shot in a Belgrade cafe shortly after midnight on Thursday by an unknown attacker, who fired around thirty shots from an automatic rifle.

Another man was injured in the attack but survived.

Arkan, whose real name was Zeljko Raznatovic, was himself gunned down in a Belgrade hotel in January 1999.

Killings continue

He led a notorious Serb paramilitary unit during the Croatian and Bosnian wars, and was accused of countless atrocities against the civilian population.

He was indicted by the Hague War Crimes Tribunal in 1997.

Arkan's death led to much speculation over the perpertrators
Politician, businessman and paramilitary leader, his career illustrated the close ties between the government and the gangsters.

Four men, including a former police officer, are now on trial for his murder.

The killings of prominent politicians and mafia leaders continued after Arkan's death, but most of them had links to Slobodan Milosevic.

However, in August a former state security officer was killed shortly after a meeting with Mr Milosevic's successor, Jozo Krizanovic.

Police produced evidence to show he had been involved in cigarette smuggling and other criminal activity.

Serbia's mafia appear to have adapted to the new government and for now it is business as usual.

See also:

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