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Further information on UA 178/93 (EUR 70/10/93, 2 June; and follow-ups EUR 70/11/93, 14 June and EUR 70/12/93, 22 June) - Federal Republic of Yugoslavia: legal concern / ill-treatment: Vuk Draskovic, Danica Draskovic

, Index number: EUR 70/014/1993

On 30 June 1993 the district public prosecutor of Belgrade filed an indictment against Vuk and Danica Draskovic, who are at present in the Neurological Clinic in Belgrade. Vuk Draskovic has been charged with "hindering an official in the performance of his duties", and both Vuk and his wife Danica have been charged with "taking part in a gathering which used violence". He has requested that Vuk and Danica Draskovic remain detained pending trial. On 6 July the Supreme Court also ruled that they should remain in detention. Vuk Draskovic began a hunger strike on 1 July in protest at his continued detention, and on 2 July a 10 member forensic medical team, who examined them both in mid-June, declared that their health had seriously deteriorated, and advised that the two be released.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 70/14/93
Distr: UA/SC
7 July 1993
Further information on UA 178/93 (EUR 70/10/93, 2 June 1993) - and follow-ups:
EUR 70/11/93, 14 June 1993 and EUR 70/12/93, 22 June 1993.
- Legal concern/Ill-treatment
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA:Vuk Draškovi_, President of the Serbian Renewal
Movement (SP0)
Danica Draškovi_ (female), his wife
Amnesty International has received further information about the situation
of Vuk and Danica Draškovi_, who were arrested and seriously ill-treated by
the police on the night of 1 June 1993 and are at present in the Neurological
Clinic in Belgrade.
On 30 June 1993 the district public prosecutor of Belgrade filed an indictment
against them. Earlier charges of attacking the constitutional order have been
dropped. Instead, Vuk Draškovi_ has been charged with "hindering an official
in the performing of his duties". He is accused of having punched and injured
a policeman, Ilija Djuri_, who was guarding the parliament buildings on 1 June.
(Lawyers for the defence have publicly referred to alleged inconsistencies
in statements given by Ilija Djuric.)
Both Vuk and his wife Danica have been charged with "taking part in a gathering
which used violence". They are accused of leading a crowd of demonstrators
up to the parliament building and inciting them to enter it by means of force,
as a result of which, according to the indictment, one policeman died and others
were injured.
The public prosecutor has requested that Vuk and Danica Draškovi_ remain
detained pending trial. On 6 July the Supreme Court also ruled that they should
remain in detention. Vuk Draskovic began a hunger strike on 1 July in protest
of his continued detention. On 2 July a 10-member forensic medical team, which
examined Vuk and Danica Draškovi_ in mid-June, declared that the health of
both Vuk and Danica had deteriorated seriously and they advised that the two
be released from custody.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in English or your own language:
- expressing continued deep concern at reports of the poor health of Vuk
Draškovi_ and his wife Danica, caused by injuries inflicted by police officers
at the time of their arrest on the night of 1 June 1993;
- urging that they be granted appropriate medical care as recommended by a
team of medical experts of the Neurological Clinic of Belgrade Medical Faculty
on 2 July;
- urging the authorities to initiate a prompt, independent and impartial inquiry
into their ill-treatment and to bring those responsible to justice.
Page 2 of 3FU 178/93
APPEALS TO:
1) President of the Republic of Serbia:
Mr Slobodan Miloševi_
Predsednik Republike Srbije
Srpskih vladara 14
11000 Beograd
Yugoslavia
Telegrams: Serbia President Miloševi_, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Faxes: + 38 11 682 167
Salutation: Dear President
2) Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia:
Mr Zoran Sokolovi_
Ministar unutrašnjih poslova Republike Srbije
Kneza Miloša 101
11000 Beograd
Yugoslavia
Telegrams: Serbia Minister Sokolovi_, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Faxes: + 38 11 683 041
Salutation: Dear Minister
3) Premier - President of the Serbian Government:
Mr Nikola Šainovi_
Predsednik Vlade Republike Srbije
Nemanjina 11
11000 Beograd
Yugoslavia
Telegrams: Serbia Prime Minister Šainovi_, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Faxes: + 38 11 682 167
Salutation: Dear Premier
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Federal Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs:
Ms Margit Savovi_
Bulevar Lenjina 2
11000 Beograd
Yugoslavia
Humanitarian Law Fund:
Terazije 6/III
11000 Beograd
Yugoslavia
and to diplomatic representatives of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA
accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 18 August 1993.

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