Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Europe
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-----------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-----------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


World affairs correspondent James Robbins
He lived by the gun and died by the gun
 real 28k

The BBC's Jim Fish
To meet Arkan face to face was a chilling experience
 real 28k

Sunday, 16 January, 2000, 09:32 GMT
Who killed Arkan?

Arkan reviews his 'Tigers' in western Bosnia in 1995


By Belgrade correspondent Jacky Rowland

Opposition leaders in Serbia have alleged that the killing of the paramilitary leader Zeljko Raznjatovic, better known as Arkan, was an act of state terrorism.

There has been no word as to the identity of the assailants who apparently escaped into the night.

There is no shortage of people who would have wanted Arkan dead and speculation is rife in Belgrade about who ordered the killing.

Earlier suspicions that this was a gangland murder, the settling of scores by one of Arkan's underworld rivals have given way to speculation that the killing may have been officially sanctioned.

Government connection?

A statement from the opposition leader, Vuk Draskovic, said the shooting provided confirmation that state terrorism existed in Serbia.

Such brutal liquidations, he said, were intended to spread fear and insecurity among the people.

Mr Draskovic maintains he was the target of a state-ordered assassination attempt in October last year.


Arkan (right) and President Milosevic: Close relationship
Speculation has been fuelled by the silence so far on the part of the authorities who have not made any comment on the killing.

The only official statement was a tersely worded report by the investigating judge, identifying the victims as Arkan and two of his associates.

A spokesman for the Muslim leadership in Bosnia speculated that Arkan may have had important evidence linking President Slobodan Milosevic to war crimes.

This is one explanation for his death. Arkan knew too much and one day might have talked.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Europe Contents

Country profiles

See also:
15 Jan 00 |  Europe
Gangster's life of Serb warlord
16 Jan 00 |  Europe
Arkan murder 'prevents justice'

Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
Links to other Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories