“Anarchists’ terror trial is political”

10 December 2009 | 17:50 | Source: B92
BELGRADE — A group of intellectuals have signed an open letter arguing that the impending trial of six anarchist who attacked the Greek embassy in Belgrade is political.

They also asked for the dismissal of charges for international terrorism against those accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at the building at the end of August.

A group for monitoring the trial against six anarchists has launched the signing of open letter in order to inform the public that it is a “political trial”.

The letter expresses concern that there has been an arbitrary interpretation of the law and that it has been abused for daily-political purposes.

The letter states that the Public Prosecutor’s Office on November 3, 2009 characterized the alleged throwing of “two burning beer bottles” at the Greek embassy as the most serious crime, charging the six “proven anti-fascists” with international terrorism.

The signatories are also pointing out the social context of “already normalized historical revisionism and legal rehabilitation of Nazi-collaborators which has made the leftist and ultra-right political ideas equal.”

“We live in a country where there are no guarantees that a person inciting racial, religious and national hatred will be tried. Members of clero-fascistic organization Obraz, which has been working smoothly since 1993 and Serb National Movement 1389 which represents itself as ‘patriotic’ while having close contacts with the Russian fascistic organizations, have not been held responsible for the threats, attacks and the beatings of the members of LGBT community over the years,” the letter reads.

“Keeping in mind Article 10 of the European Human Rights Bill, we do not hesitate to express our opinion that all this leads to a conclusion that the court process against these six young people is essentially political. Therefore we are demanding dismissal of these absurd charges,” the letter concludes.

The letter has so far been signed by Aleksej Kišjuhas, Borka Pavićević, Dragomir Olujić, Goran Despotović, Jovo Bakić, Ljubomir Živkov, Pavel Domonji, Sonja Biserko, Sonja Drljević, Srbijanka Turlajić, Staša Zajović, Svetlana Lukić, Svetlana Vuković, Todor Kuljić, Vera Marković, Vesna Rakić Vodinelić, Vladmir Ilić, Zaga Golubović, Zoran Petaković and Želimir Žilnik.

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