N1 documentary about Oliver Ivanovic: Serbia, Democracy, Injustice

Oliver Ivanović
Candles burn in tribute to Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, who was murdered in front of his party’s headquarters in the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica on January 16, 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/Djordje Savic

The most prominent Serbian politician from Kosovo, Oliver Ivanovic was assassinated a year ago. He was shot in the back, with six shots, at 8:15 am in front of the offices of his party in North Mitrovica. The killers and instigators still remain unknown. N1 TV broadcast a documentary on the anniversary of the murder titled „Serbia, Democracy, Injustice“. Who was Oliver Ivanovic and what was he like? How, when and why did he enter politics?

Members of his family, friends, associates and those who did not share his opinion speak about the former karate champion, „the guardians of the bridge“, his political attitudes and battles, his arrest and murder.

Kosovo Serb politician, Momcilo Trajkovic:

“Our last conversation was about the creation of this common Kosovo-Metohija Serbian policy and his visit to my house gave me courage that we will begin to strengthen our options after New Year. Unfortunately, what happened just happened…We are still not aware of whom we lost.”

A representative of the People’s Movement „Otadzbina“, Marko Jaksic and his political oponnent:

“We saw each other before New Year’s Eve and congratulated each other on the forthcoming holidays and agreed that after Christmas and our new year we would see each other and talk about everything.”

Kosovo Serb politician, Rada Trajkovic:

“Sometimes when I’m sad and alone, I say, Oli, wait, I have something else to tell you about what you did wrong and that he had not told me to what extent he was endangered, which I found out from BIRN’s footage.”

KoSSev editor, Tatjana Lazarevic:

“He was very loyal to Serbia. I believe that he hoped until the last day that the same state would protect him…He was certainly one of the greatest leaders not only of Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija, but among Serbian leaders.”

A university professor in Pristina, Nexhmedin Spahiu:

“ Whenever I organized events towards dialogue and multiethnicity he would gladly respond to my invitations… one of few Serbian politicians who spoke Albanian and had talked to media in both Kosovo and Albania…I will remember him as a man who wanted something good for his community and city.”

Journalist and former chief of the media office within the Serbian government, Milivoje Mihajlovic:

“He truly believed in dialogue, he truly believed in a multiethnic Kosovo…He opposed ethnic cleansing and that part of his biography is his historical role.”

Ksenija Bozovic, Oliver Ivanovic’s party associate:

“I remember, one of our activists came to see us at 17:00 hrs to say, Chief, I have got information that someone is planning to destroy the voting boxes. It cannot be done, Oliver told him, as OSCE was in charge to monitor the entire electorate process.”

Ivanovic’s brother and Kosovo judge, Miroslav Ivanovic:

“The court procedure followed against Oliver, with all the witnesses, which is the number of some of 70 of them, all of them spoke in favour of Oliver as a matter of fact, and it showed plenty of intriging actions, manipulations, with which someone tried to set a bases to condemn Oliver… He will always be there for me. As a big brother, that is how I will remember him.”

A private entrepreneur Sasa Dedovic:

“He is the man who left a striking mark on us all. I was privileged to know him and to share the good and the bad with him.”

Ivanovic’s partner, Milena Popovic, a former close political associate and now Vice-President of Srpska Lista, Igor Simic and former close party associate and president of the Kosovo coordination centre, Nebojsa Covic refused to speak in the documentary.

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