Filipovic: Four charged with the murder of Ivanovic in a new indictment, hearing to be held on December 4th

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The Special Prosecutor’s Office in Pristina filed a new – third indictment against suspects in the case of the murder of Oliver Ivanovic on November 11th. Lawyer Jovana Filipovic revealed that the new indictment charges Nedeljko Spasojevic, Marko Rosic, Silvana Arsovic, and Rade Basara with the crime of aggravated murder.

The lawyer of the accused Silvana Arsovic, Jovana Filipovic confirmed in a statement for KoSSev that the hearing regarding the new indictment filed by the prosecution in the case of the murder of Oliver Ivanovic has been scheduled for December 4th.

She added that the new indictment contains significant changes when compared to the previous ones and called the court to file the case under a new number.

Filipovic stated that two new persons – alleged participants in an organized criminal group – are included in the new indictment, noting that their names have not been revealed.

At the same time, one of the accused, police officer Nedeljko Spasojevic has now been accused of transporting the perpetrators of the murder in an official police vehicle, Filipovic added.

„An official police Golf 4 vehicle is mentioned, which Nedeljko Spasojevic allegedly used to transport the perpetrators of the murder to an Opel Astra vehicle, from which the late Oliver was shot at,“ Filipovic said.

According to her, the new indictment no longer charges the accused with the criminal offense of „assistance in committing the act of aggravated murder“ – but with aggravated murder.

„They dropped Article 33, which refers to assistance in committing a crime, and the accused are now charged with aggravated murder. They are now categorized as perpetrators, and not as persons who assisted the perpetrators,“ Filipovic added.

She revealed that this change refers to the accused – Nedeljko Spasojevic, Marko Rosic, Silvana Arsovic, and Rade Basara.

Another addition to the latest indictment is that everyone has been charged with abuse of official duty, Filipovic added.

She emphasized that accusing Nedeljko Spasojevic and Dragisa Markovic, who were police officers, of this crime would be understandable, adding that it is illogical to accuse Marko Rosic of this crime, as well as her client, former secretary of Oliver Ivanovic, Silvana Arsovic.

This defense lawyer added that this indictment no longer contains the crime of evidence tampering – unlike the previous indictments.

„That act is still mentioned in the clarification of the indictment, while it is not listed in the qualification of criminal acts,“ she added.

Filipovic and other defense lawyers of the accused criticized the indictment, alleging that it is incomplete and unsubstantiated. Filipovic further claimed that the new one is „even more incomplete and poorly done.“

„The first two might have worked, and this one, in my opinion, cannot remain as such,“ she added.

The Court of Appeals in Pristina decided on September 25th to return the case of the murder of Oliver Ivanovic to the beginning, based on the appeals of the defense counsel.

“The indictment was returned to the Special Prosecutor’s Office for a review. That is, the time, place, and manner of committing the crime must be determined and it should be confirmed whether there are grounds for suspicion that the persons charged with crimes actually did commit them,“ Jovana Filipovic confirmed at the time.

The defense lawyers Faruk Korenica and Mahmut Halimi, however, subsequently confirmed in a statement for KoSSev that the Special Prosecutor’s Office filed a new indictment.

The leader of the GI SDP, Oliver Ivanovic was gunned down on January 16th by several shots to the back while entering his party premises in North Mitrovica. The Special Prosecutor’s Office of Kosovo filed the first indictment almost two years later – on December 2nd.

So far, only one preparatory hearing was held on February 11th, after the first one scheduled for December 30th was postponed because the then prosecutor Syle Hoxha, who has since retired, submitted a new, amended indictment. This indictment was not translated into Serbian, prompting the defense to request for it to be translated into Serbian.

The second preparatory hearing of the suspects in the case of the murder of the leader of the GI SDP, which was supposed to take place on March 16th, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the trial led by the Kosovo Special Prosecutor’s Office before the Basic Court in Pristina, the defendants are Marko Rosic, Nedeljko Spasojevic, Silvana Arsovic, Zarko Jovanovic, Dragisa Markovic, and Rade Basara. Also, Milan Radoicic and Zvonko Veselinovic are accused of being the leaders of a criminal group.

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