Belgrade, June 29, 2007
Dusan Mihajlovic, the police minister in the Zoran
Djindjic cabinet, has been misusing these days the name of the Helsinki
Committee for Human Rights in Serbia in its capacity as the publisher of
the book "Testimony of Vladimir Popovic before the Special Court at the
Djindjic Assassination Trial." Namely, while defending himself from
allegations by other actors of the developments preceding the murder of
Premier Zoran Djindjic, Mihajlovic has been referring to the book to
justify his claims and invoking the facts that are simply non-existent
in this publication.
The Committee publicized this testimony two years ago
and the book contains nothing but what Vladimir Popovic publicly said as
the witness for the Prosecution at the trial of the accused of the
Premier's assassination. What motivated the Committee to publish it was
the public interest for this trial and, in particular, for this specific
testimony. The Committee, therefore, perceives Dusan Mihajlovic's
present use of the book a dishonest manipulation, the more so since its
content justifies not his claims in no way whatsoever.
Anyone can see all that by himself since the integral
version of the book is available at the Committee's website at
www.helsinki.org.yu. The Committee has run out of hard copies since the
book was in great demand two years ago.