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Belgrade: The Call to Lynch Directed at Women in Black Condemned

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The Women in Black announced it will file criminal charges against Radomir Počuča, the spokesperson of the Anti-Terrorist Unit of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia. On March 25, 2014, Počuča reacted to the news that Women in Black were marking the 15th anniversary of the crimes against Albanian civilians in Kosovo, and called the football hooligans to “deal” with the Women in Black.

Staša Zajović, Women in Black coordinator, said that the organization intended to launch several actions and initiatives to ensure that such threats and incitement to lynching mobs will be sanctioned.

"We shall initiate criminal charges, but we will also contact the representatives of international community and international human rights networks. It is necessary to pressure the institutions to prevent such attacks that appeared immediately after the elections”, Zajović told Radio Novi Sad.

The Ombudsman Saša Janković said that he expects from the Ministry of Interior to investigate the authenticity of the Facebook profile and initiate criminal and disciplinary procedures.

"This shall not stand. Dear hooligans, Delije, Grobari, radovci, Firmaši (all well known football hooligan groups), instead of fighting each other, you should join forces“, wrote Počuča and continued with his call to a lynch mob using vulgar language.

The message was removed from Facebook on the same day, and the state secretary at the Ministry of Interior Vanja Vukić said that Počuča's contract expires in April of this year and, most likely, won't be renewed.

"Počuča presented that view on his private Facebook profile, but the Ministry strongly condemns his words and actions“, Vukić said.

CSOs support the criminal charges filed by the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM). In its statement, YUCOM invited all interested in true democratisation and Europeisation of Serbia, and the international community in particular, to pay special attention to the absence of reforms of the security sector which has been put under complete political control. (Source: B92)

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