Mandic sentenced to 19 years

The Higher Court in Podgorica imposed a single sentence of 19 years in jail to Damir Mandic who is charged with complicity in the murder of the editor in chief of ‘’Dan’’, Dusko Jovanovic

It is the fourth verdict to Mandic.

He was first released and then sentenced to 30 years. In the third trial, he was sentenced to 18 years in prison, but that judgment was annulled by the Constitutional Court.

Jovanovic was killed on May 27, 2004 in front of the editorial offices of the ‘’Dan’’.

Prosecuting attorney Vesna Jovicevic has earlier, in her closing arguments, said that it has been proven beyond doubt that Mandic took part in the murder of Jovanovic with unknown perpetrators. Mandic’s lawyers believe that there is no evidence for a conviction.

On the eve of his sentencing lawyer Velibor Markovic told Radio Antena M that there is no evidence that Mandic committed the offense he was charged with.

“On the contrary, from the testimony of expert representatives from Wiesbaden, as well as an expert witness Milovan Mihailovic, it appears that it was not even fired from a vehicle of model ‘’golf’’, as the indictment claimed. About five gunpowder particles were found in the vehicle and according to the testimonies of all expert witnesses if it was fired from a vehicle, gunpowder particle count would have been significantly higher and amounted to several hundred. As one option, experts from Wiesbaden state that the vehicle could have been thoroughly cleaned, but no one claimed it nor can be any logic in this conclusion. If someone had destroyed or removed traces, I guess the only logical thing would be that if the car was set on fire then at least bullet cases and guns would have been removed from the vehicle”, Markovic said.

Izvor: RTV Montenegro