20 Apr 15
Montenegro Police Urged to Solve Ex-MP’s Murder
Montenegro’s ruling party and opposition urged the police to thoroughly investigate the murder of former lawmaker Sasa Markovic, who was shot dead on Friday.
The chairman of the parliamentary defence and security committee, Mevludin Nuhodzic, said on Sunday that he wants senior police and prosecution officials to appear in parliament for questioning after the assassination on Friday of former lawmaker Sasa Markovic.
Nuhodzic said he wants to summon the interior minister, the director of the police, the head of the National Security Agency and the Supreme State Prosecutor after several opposition parties urged the assembly not to allow a cover-up.
Markovic, 48, who was an MP for the Liberal Alliance of Montenegro before leaving politics in 2005, was murdered in Becici near the coastal town of Budva on Friday evening.
He was assassinated in what media reports called a “typical ambush” while approaching his home. He was in a car when an unknown attacker appeared out of the nearby forest and fired several bullets.
Markovic was hit in the head and died immediately.
“That was a cowardly and brutal murder this has to be the most serious warning to the responsible authorities to act more efficiently to prevent killings and also to deal more seriously with unsolved murders,” Nuhodzic said.
Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said on Saturday that Markovic’s killing showed that there needed to be improvements in law enforcement.
“This murder, as well as some earlier cases, point to the need for raising the level of responsibility within the relevant state services,” Djukanovic said.
Markovic served as a deputy in both the Montenegro and the Serbia and Montenegro parliaments in the early 2000s and was known as a fierce critic of the Djukanovic’s government.
For the past few years, he has been in the real estate business.
Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)