Serbia PM moved to safety after weapons threat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

BELGRADE: Serbia’s pro-Euro­pean Prime Min­is­ter Alek­san­dar Vu­cic was moved to a safe lo­ca­tion on Satur­day after an arse­nal of weapons, in­clud­ing a rock­et­launcher, was found close to his house near Belgrade, which a min­is­ter said was “prepa­ra­tion for as­sas­si­na­tion”.

Au­thor­i­ties were alerted by passers-by who found the cache in chests in a for­est near Vu­cic’s fam­ily home in Ja­jinci, south of Belgrade, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ne­bo­jsa Ste­fanovic said.

“There is a rocket launcher, four hand grenades and a large quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion for 7.62mm au­to­matic ri­fles and 7.9mm sniper ri­fles,” said Ste­fanovic.

“What is wor­ry­ing is that th­ese weapons were dis­cov­ered only a few dozen me­tres from a turn into the PM’s fam­ily home,” he said, adding that his ret­inue would have rep­re­sented “a very easy tar­get”.

A for­mer as­so­ciate of late Ser­bian pres­i­dent Slo­bo­dan Milo­se­vic and once a staunch ul­tra­na­tion­al­ist, Vu­cic, 46, has since re­mod­elled him­self as a pro-EU re­former.

Serbia was rocked by the as­sas­si­na­tion of demo­cratic pro-Euro­pean prime min­is­ter Zo­ran Djind­jic in 2003.

Labour and vet­er­ans min­is­ter Alek­san­dar Vulin de­manded that the se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence ser­vices “give an­swers (on) who pre­pared to as­sas­si­nate the prime min­is­ter”.

Deputy prime min­is­ter Ivica Dacic called on the au­thor­i­ties to ex­er­cise “par­tic­u­lar vig­i­lance, keep­ing in mind the in­crease in pres­sure on our coun­try”, without elab­o­rat­ing.

While tak­ing care to keep on the right side of tra­di­tional part­ner Rus­sia, Vu­cic has built a rep­u­ta­tion in the West as a re­li­able part­ner. – AFP

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