Chief judge Nata Mesarevic, centre, during the announcement of the verdicts for the assassination of Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic
The twelve convicts, members of the gang that killed the prime minister, were sentenced to a total of 378 years of prison.
Ulemek was sentenced to 40 years of prison for plotting the murder whereas Jovanovic got the 40-year sentence for assassinating prime minister Djindjic and wounding Djindjic’s guard Milan Veruovic.
Former JSO member Zeljko Tojaga got a 30-year sentence and former JSO member Sasa Pejakovic an eight-year sentence.
Former employee of the Security and Intelligence Agency (BIA) Branislav Bezarevic was sentenced to 30 years of prison.
“Zemun clan” member Aleksandar Simovic was convicted to 35 years and Dusan Krsmanovic to 30 years of prison.
Milos Simovic received a 30 year sentence, Ninoslav Konstantinovic 35 years, Vladimir Milisavljevic 35, Sretko Kalinic 35 and Milan Jurisic received 30 years of prison.
Chief judge Nata Mesarevic said that Zvezdan Jovanovic fired two shots from a sniping rifle from 14 Admirala Geprata Street on March 12, 2003.
One shot gunned down prime minister Djindjic and the other wounded his guard Veruovic, the chief judge said.
According to Mesarevic, in 2002 and in early 2003, Ulemek and Spasojevic organised a criminal group in order to jeopardise the constitutional order and for material gain and power.
Mesarevic said that the aim of the criminal group was to kill the prime minister and instigate a feeling of insecurity among citizens.