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Witness in Serbian Assassination Implicates Politicians

One of the defendants on trial for conspiracy in the assassination of reformist Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic has implicated the leader's former deputy in the plot.

Dejan "Bugsy" Milenkovic told a Belgrade court Thursday that Nebojsa Covic was aware of the conspiracy. He said Mr. Djindjic's sworn enemy, ultranationalist leader Vojislav Seselj, also was aware of the plot. Seselj is on trial for war crimes in the Hague.

Covic has denied any involvement. Officials of Seselj's Radical Party dismissed the allegations against him.

Milenkovic is one of 13 suspects on trial for their roles in the assassination of Mr. Djindjic outside government offices in Belgrade in 2003.

Mr. Djindjic was one of the leaders of the pro-democracy movement that toppled former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. He was also instrumental in extraditing the former leader to the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.