On September 4th, the investigating attorney of the Belgrade District Court ruled that the six young people arrested on September 3rd 2009 under the charges of "causing general public danger", were to be held in custody for thirty days, whereas, in his request for investigation, the state attorney changed the qualification to "criminal act of international terrorism".
They are being prosecuted for having written a graffiti on the facade of the Greek embassy building in Francuska Street in Belgrade, and then throwing two Molotov cocktalis on the building, on August 25th about 3a.m. On this occasion, a window was cracked, the flame caused minor damage to the facade without spreading to the interior of the building, and the small fire was soon extinguished (with a bottle of water). No one was injured in this 'assault', since the embassy building was empty at the time, and all embassy services started working regularly the following morning.
After two months of investigation, on November 3rd, charges of committing a criminal act of international terrorism were raised against Tadej Kurepa, Sanja Dojkic, Nikola Mitrovic, Ratibor Trivunac, Ivan Savic and Ivan Vulovic. The defendants were denied the right to be granted bail, under the excuse that their offence could possibly be repeated.
The curiousity of these circumstances resides in the unusual moves made by the police and the prosecution, whereby the arrested have been charged with committing a criminal act of international terrorism. According to the Criminal Code of Serbia, this act is treated in the same rank with the crime of genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes against civilians, organizing and incitement to genocide and war crimes, leading aggressive warfare, and the like.
Let us recollect that the only person prosecuted for taking part in the burning of the American embassy in Belgrade on February 21st 2008 was spared such a harsh qualification, and was charged with no more than "serious offenses against the enforcement of general safety", even though the building of a foreign embassy was seriously damaged in the fire, and one person, who was in the company of the defendant, died in the fire.
At the present moment, in which civil rights and freedoms in Serbia are being largely narrowed by the changes introduced to the Criminal Code and the Public Information Law, criminal prosecution of the six arrested clearly indicates the intention of certain political structures to increase the level of repression and use misfeasance in their effort to gradually stifle any political criticism of their actions.
More than two months following the formal indictment, a month after the complaint filed by the defense was dismissed, the six young people are still in detention, awaiting trial. Their trial has not yet been scheduled, even though all legal deadlines have been broken.
We hereby declare our solidarity with the arrested and demand that the absurd indictment against them be withdrawn!
Freedom to the arrested anarchists! (read less)