Milorad Ulemek, Luković


Name: MiloradSurname: Ulemek, Luković AKA: Legija (Cema, Miša)
Date of birth: Mar. 15, 1968Place of birth: BelgradeNationality: SerbianAddress: Central prison in Belgrade; 87 Ilije Stojadinovića Street, Belgrade (Cerak settlement)
Spouse: Aleksandra Ivanović, ex-wife Maja Luković (Legija took her surname)Children: Four children Interests: Security, army, weapons
Alleged Illegal Activities: Organizing a drug trafficking ring, kidnapping, racketeering and murdersSource: The Serbian Special Court for Fight Against Organized Crime - court records, The High Court in Belgrade records, Police report from 2001, Commercial Court in Belgrade, Business Register Agency records
Additional Information:Going by Ulemek, Lukovic and Legija, he is the organizer and mastermind of the Zemun Clan and former leader of the JSO (Special Operations Unit), an armed force of Serbia's secret police, also known as the Red Berets. A police report from 2001 mentioned the Zemun clan as the biggest criminal group in Belgrade, involved in all sorts of criminal activities. The core group consisted of about 40-50 members, but Legija had many more people from the JSO. As the leader of the JSO, Legija had contacts with many important people in Serbia – ranking police officers, secret service, army, leaders of political parties.
Biography
Legija was charged with some of the most serious crimes in the country, including the assassination of a former prime minister of Serbia. He’s also been linked to other murders, assassination attempts, kidnapping, racketeering, and organizing a criminal group. Milorad Ulemek Legija was born in 1968 in Belgrade. He spent several years in the French Foreign Legion. After he returned to Serbia, he joined another armed force. He became a member of Arkan's paramilitary forces called the "Serbian Volunteer Guard." Legija was very close to Arkan, an accused war criminal murdered in 2000, and served as his best man. The Guard, known as Arkan's Tigers, operated in Bosnia during the war of the 1990s.
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Documents
Legija's diplomatic passport from the Serbian government of Slobodan Milosevic
Legija's counterfeit croatian passport
Alesandra Ivanović's counterfeit croatian passport
ICTY - case against Slobodan Milošević - information about Legija
Legija - open letter to the public and the media, January 2003
Ministry of Interior 1996 - Decision on employment - Legija
Milorad Ulemek Legija - Police Arrest Records (Legija was arrested in May 2004)


Countries of Residence
Serbia
Countries Used as "Safe Heaven"
Croatia
Countries Operating In
Serbia
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Associates

Persons with some association whether legally or personally with the party
First NameSurnameAKAConnectionDate of BirthDescriptionSource
Aleksandra Ivanović WifeSep. 20, 1974Aleksandra Ivanović is Legija's wife. She is the owner of the security company "Lupus Group" DOO, founded in 2002 and now under liquidation. She was also director in "Spina" DOO, a publisher which printed books Legija has written from prison. On June 5, 2001 Legija and Aleksandra made a contract to sell real estate at 87 Ilije Stojadinović Street in Belgrade, and the property was seized by the state, which claimed it came from assets derived from criminal activity. Before Aleksandra married Legija, she was married to Nebojša Đorđević, aka Šuca, who was killed in 1996. According to witness identified as 129-B testimony at the ICTY trial against Slobodan Milošević, Šuca was one of the founders of Serbian Volunteer Guard, the so called Arkan’s Tigers led by late Željko Ražnatović and included Legija.Business Register Agency, "Vreme" weekly, ICTY transcript of the trial against Milošević in 2003
Dušan Spasojević“Duća”, “Šiptar” One of the organizers and leaders of criminal group "Zemun Clan"Jul. 10, 1968Dušan Spasojević, aka Šiptar, worked closely with Legija as one of the leaders of the Zemun Clan. He was killed in arrest attempt in April, 2003 near Belgrade, during a police operation code named Saber soon after the assassination of Serbian prime minister Zoran Đinđić in March 2003. According to a verdict against the Zemun Clan, Spasojević, Legija and Mile Luković organized a criminal group to influence politicians and judges by using violence, dealing drugs, eliminating the competition in the drug market, kidnapping businessmen and other crimes. Spasojević and Legija were the leaders of the Clan. One of the members of Zemun Clan, Dušan Krsmanović, said in court that Spasojević has good connection in the police force and in one case he helped Krsmanović get out of jail. The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict – Zemun Clan
Mile Luković“Kum” ("The Godfather”) One of the organizers and members of criminal group "Zemun Clan"Mar. 1, 1969Luković was known as “Kum” or The Godfather, and founded the Zemun Clan with Legija and Spasojević. He was gunned down in the police operation Saber in which Spasojević was killed. Luković took part in murder, kidnapping, drugs and other crimes of the Zemun clan. According to the verdict, Luković kidnapped people, then called their family members asking for money and threatening to kill them. According to Montenegrin media, Luković had counterfeit passport and Montenegrin ID and had residence in Montenegro.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict – Zemun Clan
Zvezdan Jovanović“Zveki”, “Zmija” ("The Snake”)Member of The Special Operations Unit (JSO) and commander assistantJul. 19, 1965As member of The Special Operations Unit (JSO), Jovanović served as Legija’s assistant. He was arrested and charged with murder in a Marc,h 2003 police crackdown after the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić. According to the verdict, Legija, Jovanović and other members of Zemun Clan and Legija’s associates planned the assassination well in advance and followed his movements to gauge the perfect time to attack. Jovanović and some other associates found the perfect place to shoot the PM, and hid in apartments around Belgrade. Jovanović pleaded guilty in open court, but later he denied it, using an alibi was that he was with some JSO members that day. Serbian policemen helped the assassin by falsely testifying that Jovanović was with them on the day of assassination. During the final testimony, Jovanović said he was blackmailed by policemen into confessing. Jovanović was sentenced to 40 years in prison. On March 2012 public prosecutor filed an indictment for JSO munity organized in 2001 and accused Legija and other members of JSO of participating.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict – PM Zoran Đinđić assassination
BrankoBerček“Maći”Member of The Special Operations Unit (JSO)Jan. 6, 1977Branko Berček was member of JSO and participated in crimes Legija organized. Berček was convicted of murdering Ivan Stambolić and the attempted assassination of Vuk Drašković. Stambolić was one of the most powerful Serbs of the 1990s, a one-time mentor of Slobodan Milosovic who turned and led a popular uprising. Berček shot Stambolić directly in head above the pit in mountain in northern Serbia where they planned to bury the corpse. Berček also shot at Drašković in Budva, Montenegro in assassination attempt. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
NenadBujošević“Rambo”Member of Special Operations Unit (JSO)Dec. 22, 1964Bujošević worked in the State Security Department during the 1990s nineties. Radomir Marković, the State Security Department chief called Bujović and told him that an enemy of the state was involved in transferring money, drugs and weapons from abroad into Kosovo, and instructed the JSO to secretly take any measures to stop the transfers. Bujošević was also sentenced for participating in Ivan Stambolić’ murder and sentenced to 35 years in prison.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
ŽeljkoTojaga“Žmigi”Member of The Special Operations Unit (JSO)Aug. 1, 1970As member of JSO Tojaga was close to Legija and assisted in PM assassination. Tojaga was first sentenced to 30 years in prison, but in 2009 his sentence was commuted to 15 years in prison.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
DuškoMaričić“Gumar”Major and Special Operations Unit (JSO) CommanderSep. 21, 1970Duško Maričić was a member of JSO and in 2001 he replaced Legija as commander of the unit. Maričić was sentenced to 30 years in prison for participating in the murder of influential anti-Milosevic politician Ivan Stambolić, and an assassination attempt on Vuk Drašković, the leader of another opposition political party. Maričić is also charged and awaiting trial for involvement in a JSO mutiny.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
NenadIlić“Glavonja”Member of Special Operations Unit (JSO)Aug. 16, 1974Nenad Ilić joined JSO in 1997, and at one point confessed to participating in an assassination attempt on Ibarska Highway. He later recanted. Still, he received 40 years in prison for that action, along with playing a role in the murder of politician Ivan Stambolić and for participating in assassination attempt Vuk Drašković.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
LeonidMilivojević“Leo”Member of Special Operations Unit (JSO)Jan. 24, 1974Milivojević was member of Special Operations Unit (JSO). He is charged for taking part in Stambolić murder and Drašković assassination attempt. He is sentenced to 30 years in prison. The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
AleksandarSimovićMember of the Zemun ClanDec. 14, 1976Aleksandar Simović was member of Zemun Clan and very close to leaders of the group. He participated in Clan’s criminal activities, murders, kidnapping and others. According to verdict for PM assassination, Simović helped find a killing zone. He was arrested in November 2006 in an apartment in Belgrade where he was hiding and sentenced to 35 years in prison.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
MilošSimovićMember of the Zemun ClanJul. 5, 1979As with his brother Aleksandar, Miloš Simović was a member of Zemun Clan. Together with others he was took part in the assassination of Serbian PM Zoran PM Đinđić. He went on the run and hid out in Croatia for years, until June, 2010 when he was caught trying to illegally cross the border from Croatia to Serbia. Two days before he was arrested, he shot another especially vicious killer and Zume Clan member, Sretko Kalinić. In court recently, Simović they had a bad relationship and freely admitted to the shooting. He also admitted participating in the PM Đinđić murder by passing on information to the killers. Unlike Kalinić and other Serbian gangsters, Simović remained quiet and refused to implicate any others. He received a 30 year sentence for the PM killing, and another 40 years for various other murders and crimes with the Zemun Clan. He said that the assassination was a job he got and had to finish and didn’t want to reveal who is behind it. “I was 23 years old at that time and now I am 32. I didn’t know what Constitution is. For me killing PM Đinđić was like any other murder”, said Simović. A court of appeal has granted him a retrial to his 30-year prison sentence for the PM murder. The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
VladimirMilisavljević“Vlada Budala” (The “Fool”)Member of the Zemun ClanAug. 24, 1976Vladimir Milisavljević was member of Zemun Clan who participated the assassination of the former Serbian PM. He drove the main assassins to the crime scene and drove the getaway car. He then went on the run, and in November, 2011, according to Serbian media, sent Serbian police a taunting message: “I haven't the slightest intention to surrender myself.” Just three months later, Milosavljević was arrested in Valencia, Spain along with fellow fugitives Luka Bojović, Siniša Petrić aka Zenica and Vladimir Mijanović aka Zuba.While on the run, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the PM assassination. Witnesses at the trial said he started his crime life by stealing cards, worked his way up to dealing drugs and eventually started scouting people who were targeted for murder. The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
NinoslavKonstantinović“Nino”Member of the Zemun ClanMar. 22, 1978Ninoslav Konstatinović was member of Zemun klan who took part in murders. As described in the verdict, he was using his home place in Belgrade for hiding kidnapped persons where the Zemun Clan members were torturing and killing them. In case of PM assassination, Konstatinović was searching for appropriate place – an empty office on the second floor, just across the Government building, as place where they can shoot PM. Konstatinović was entering the office first and inform the others that the place is clear. Together with Jovanović and Aleksandar Simović he was waiting in the office for PM to come in front of the Government building entrance. After the assassination, he hid the rifle and the bag they had used in that office and buried it in an reconstruction area in Belgrade. Konstantinović is sentenced to 35 years in prison. He was also suspended sentenced in 1999 for endangered traffic safety. As Serbian media reported, Sretko Kalinić, member of Zemun Clan arrested in 2010 in Croatia, stated Croatian police that Aleksandar and Miloš Simović, Jurišić and Milisavljević killed Ninoslav Konstantinović in 2003 just after the PM assassination.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
SretkoKalinić“Zver” (The “Beast”)Member of the Zemun ClanFeb. 25, 1974Sretko Kalinić, aka The Beast, was a member of Zemun Clan and participated in many of the murders involving the group. He was particularly cruel and callous, and enjoyed torturing his victims, according to witnesses at several trials. “I've committed 20 murders in Serbia, Netherlands, Spain and one in Croatia. I do not regret for anyone of them because they deserve it. They were fools,’’ Kalinić told police. He also described how he killed them, chopped them and minced them in meat grinder after which he would through them in the river or burn. He was also convicted of the Clan’s assassination of the former Serbian PM. Kalinić was arrested in Croatia in June 2010 just after Miloš Simović, also member of Zemun Clan, shot him in Zagreb. Simović admitted the shooting and said the men had bad blood between them. Kalinić was hiding in Croatia and had a fake Croatian passport on name “Cesar Drago.” He was charged in Serbia for a series of murders, kidnappings and the PM assassination, and sentenced while a fugitive to 35 years in prison. He was the first person who was extradited from Croatia to Serbia in police cooperation of those two countries. He is also sentenced to 18 months in prison in Croatian court in Zagreb for possessing counterfeit passport. In 2007 Serbian and Croatian media reported that police in Serbia has information Kalinić changed the way he looks and that he had been seen in cafes in Zagreb with Vladimir Milisavljević, aka Vlada Budala, another killer who was hiding successfully until police operation in Spain in February 2012. A few days before the arrest in Spain of Vlada Budala and others, Sretko Kalinić tried to escape from prison together with Željko Milovanović from detention facility of High Court - Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime. The attempt failed.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
MilanJurišič“Jure”Member of Zemun ClanJul. 24, 1974Milan Jurišić was member of Zemun Clan who participated in a series of murders by collecting information about the persons who the group planned to kill. He was supposedly killed by another gangster while in hiding, according to testimony, but his body has never been found and his death can’t be confirmed. “Jure” was sentenced in abstentia to 34 years in prison for crimes as member of the Zemun Clan and 30 years in prison for assisting in PM assassination. Sretko Kalinić, who has admitted to killing at least 20 people, told Croatian police that Luka Bojović killed Jurišić by hitting in the head with a hammer, and that his body was dragged to a butch shop to be ground in an electric grinder. But a bullet in Jure’s body broke the machine, so the group just disposed of the body, Kalinić testified according to Serbian media reports. The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
DušanKrsmanovićMember of Zemun ClanMay. 10, 1977Dušan Krsmanović was a member of the Zemun Clan and confessed during a pre-trial hearing to helping the group assassinate the former Prime Minister of Serbia. He later recanted. He has a long history of crime, dating back to his youth. He was court martialed by the Army in 1996. He has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for participating in the PM assassination – commuted to 20 years in 2009 -- and 20 years for his Zemun-related crimes. The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
NikolaBajićMember of Zemun ClanJan. 30, 1969Nikola Bajić assisted in murders as member of Zemun Clan. He is sentenced to 35 years in prison. Bajić was also sentenced earlier for other crimes. The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
SašaPetrovićMember of Zemun ClanNov. 14, 1972Saša Petrović was member of Zemun Clan and received a five-year prison sentence for participating in various group crimes. The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
MilanGlišović“Milanče”Member of Zemun ClanSep. 15, 1973Milan Glišović was member of Zemun Clan and as part of the group he was assisting in murders helping other members of the clan. Glišović is sentenced to 32 years in prison.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
ĐorđeSlavkovićMember of Zemun ClanMay. 30, 1977As member of organized crime group, Đorđe Savković was assisting in murders. He was charged for another crime to before High Court in Belgrade. He is sentenced to 35 years in prison.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
MilanJurišić“Juriško”Member of Zemun ClanMay. 3, 1981“Juriško” was member of Zemun Clan. He was participating in murders and kidnapping. “Juriško” is sentenced to 34 years in prison.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
SlobodanPažinInspector in Crime Investigation Department of Serbian Ministry of InteriorJan. 24, 1961Slobodan Pražin worked as an inspector in the Crime Investigation Department of Serbian Ministry of Interior. He met leader of Zemun Clan Spasojević and Luković, in 1998 and from that time they had daily contacts. In 1999 Pažin became a member of the Zemun crime group. According to the verdict, as an inspector he shared information with leaders of the Zemun Clan about police operations until 2003. Also, he consciously did not report crimes he knew were committed by members of Zemun Clan. Pažin was sentenced to 7 years and 5 months prison.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
BranislavBezarevićSecurity-Information Agency (BIA, former DB)Oct. 13, 1974Bezarević worked in Security-Information Agency (BIA), and was convicted of taking part in the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić’s. According to the court, he took bribes to share information about Dinđić’s movements to assassin Miloš Simović. Bezarević was sentenced to 30 years in prison.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
MihaljKertesPolitician and Director of Customs AdministrationAug. 29, 1947Mihalj Kertes abused his office as director of Custom Administration by helping Legija and a group of his gangsters during a car attack and attempted assassination in South Serbia. He was sentenced to one years and six month in prison and after serving the sentence he was released in September, 2010. Kertes was also accused of smuggling 38 million German Marks from Serbia to Cyprus to finance the Socialistic Party of Serbia of Slobodan Milošević. He was convicted but the case is on appeal.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
BrankoVeljkovićSecurity-Information Agency (BIA) inspector Veljković worked as an inspector in BIA (Security-Information Agency, former State Security Department - DB) until 2008 when the agency suspended him. He was a close associate of Legija, and the two of them were involved in gunfire in club “Bojan Stupica” in Belgrade at the birthday party Serbian folk singer Svetlana Ražnatović, also known as Ceca. Ceca has also been convicted for crimes stemming from a scheme to take money from football transfers. When BIA suspended Veljković, the agency said he shared classified information with criminals.The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime Verdict
DejanMilenković“Bagzi”Member of Zemun ClanApr. 20, 1980“Bagzi” was member of Zemun Clan and assisted in the assassination of Serbia’s prime minister. He was arrested in 2004 and in 2006 became a cooperating witness.
MiladinSuvajdžić“Đura Mutavi”Member of Zemun ClanDec. 22, 1964Was a member of Zemun Clan and assisted in the assassination of Serbia’s prime minister. He is a a cooperating witness for the prosecution.
MićaPetrakovićMember of The Special Operations Unit (JSO) 1973Mića Petraković was close to Legija as one of the members of The Special Operations Unit (JSO). In 2001 Petraković was assistant to then-commander of JSO Duško Maričić, aka Gumar who was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Police had detained Petraković for questioning in September 2011 and named him a defendant in the indictment for a JSO munity. "Politika" newspaper
VeselinLečićThe Special Operations Unit (JSO) Commander Assistant 1961Veselin Lečić was deputy of Belgrade's State Security Center and JSO commander assistant in charge for counterintelligence sector. Lečić was detained in September 2011 for participating in a JSO mutiny a decade earlier. Legija is also charged in that mutiny.
DragoslavKrsmanovićAssistant of The Special Operations Unit (JSO) Commander for Logistics Dragoslav Krsmanović was member of JSO and worked as assistant of the Special Operations Unit (JSO) commander for logistics. After that he worked in Gendarmerie and retired now. He is one of the defendants for JSO munity besides Legija and other members of JSO.
DragišaRadićMember of The Special Operations Unit (JSO) Radić was member of The Special Operations Unit (JSO). He is one of the defendants accused of organizing a JSO mutiny in 2001.
VladimirPotićMember of The Special Operations Unit (JSO) Vladimir Potić was a soldier in the Army of Yugoslavia and member of The Special Operations Unit (JSO). During the 2001 JSO munity he was in Unit's base in Kula (northern Srbia) and read the public statement by the group announcing the mutiny. Potić is also one of the accused for organizing an armed munity, along with Legija and many others.

Documents
Dušan Spasojević and Mile Luković - Decison on illegal property seizure 2009
Zvezdan Jovanović - Court in Niš - information about verdict on grand larceny in 1984
Zvezdan Jovanović - Court in Čačak - information about the verdict that documents are destroyed
Dušan Krsmanović - High Court in Belgrad indictment in 2005
Dušan Krsmanović - Court-martial verdict for failure or refusal to execute the command in 1996 while he was in the Army
Milan Jurišić, Dušan Krsmanović, Dejan Milenković, Miloš Simović and Aleksandar Simović - High Court in Belgrade - Verdict 2006
Sretko Kalinić, Miloš Simović and Vladimir Milisavljević - High Court in Belgrade indictment 2011
Vladimir Milisavljević - Interpol's wanted list
ICTY transcript of the trial against Slobodan Milošević on April 16, 2003
Dušan Spasojević - all criminal charges brought against Spasojević from 1993 untill 2001 (according to police records)
Dušan Spasojević and the Health Center "Zemun" - the gift contract (Spasojević will pay for painting the facade of Health Center "Zemun" building as a gift for the center)
Sretko Kalinić - fake Croatian passport on name Cesar Drago
Aleksandar Simović - indictment against A. Simović for murder of cooperative witness Zoran Vukojević aka Vuk in 2006
Milan Jurišić - indictment for grand larceny in 1994
Milan Jurišić - verdict for grand larceny in 1995
Dejan Milenković Bagzi - Decision on detention 2003.02.21
Dejan Milenković Bagzi - Decision on Decision on termination of detention 2003.02.24


Charges

TypeCharging BodyChargeDateDescriptionSource
ConvictionThe High Court in Belgrade (The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime)“Zemun Clan”, organized criminal group (Criminal Conspiracy, 17 murders, 4 kidnapping, racketeering, 2 terrorist attacks) – sentenced to 40 years in prison Dec. 2009Between 1999 and 2000, Legija organized a criminal group with Dušan Spasojević aka “Šiptar” and Mile Luković aka “Kum”. The group was known as Zemun Clan. Around 30 members of the group have been sentenced to prison. Among the charges: 17 murders, mostly victims who were members of competing groups; murder attempt of their former partner; four kidnappings -- the group was focused on kidnapping wealthy Serbian businessman and asking their family members for money. Other charges include two terrorist attacks. In one of those cases, a group led by Legija went to a business of a former partner who had turned into a cooperating state witness against them. The group put explosive charges onto machines in the yard of the company. Legija and a group of associates also carried out a terrorist bombing of the building housing The Democratic Party of Serbia. members of Zemun Clan also trafficked in drugs and murdered members of competing gangs. Legija is serving 40 years in prison for being a leader of the Zemun Clan, and 30 years in prison for the assassination of Serbia’s prime minister. He has received several other 40-year sentences for various crimes, and has racked up more years in prison than any other Zemun member.The High Court in Belgrade Verdict
ConvictionThe High Court in Belgrade (The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime)PM Zoran Đinđić Assassination – sentenced to 40 years in prisonNov. 2009Before the March 12, 2003 assassination attempt, there had been three other attempts a month earlier. According to the verdict and testimonies, Legija and associates heard rumors of a plan to disband the Special Operations Unit (JSO), arrest all of its commanders and ship them to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Although the rumor never turned true, Legija insisted on killing Serbian PM Đinđić because he believed that would stop any plans to extradite him or his comrades in the JSO. The direct perpetrators and planners of the assassination were also members of Zemun Clan led by Legija and others. Zvezdan Jovanović, former member of JSO, shot Đinđić. Legija was sentenced to 40 years in prison for organizing the assassination.The High Court in Belgrade Verdict
ConvictionThe High Court in Belgrade (The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime)Ivan Stambolić Assassination – sentenced to 40 years in prisonJul. 2007In 2000, Legija led a conspiracy to assassinate politician Ivan Stambolić. Stambolić was President of the Presidency of Serbia during the 1990s and a political opponent of Slobodan Milošević. According to the verdict against Legija, Stambolić was murdered on Milošević’s command and the actual shooter was Branko Berček, aka “Maći”, a former JSO member. According to the verdict, Berček shot Stambolić directly in head above the pit in mountain in northern Serbia where they planned to bury the corpse. Legial was sentenced to 40 years in prison for ordering the murder.The High Court in Belgrade Verdict
ConvictionThe High Court in Belgrade (The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime)Vuk Drašković Assassination attempt and 4 murders – sentenced to 40 years in prisonJan. 2010Legija and his associates -- former members of the Special Operations Unit (JSO) – organized the attempted assassination of Vuk Drašković, the leader of opposition political party the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO), opponents of Milošević’s regime. The plot was supposed to be a staged traffic accident on Ibarska Highway. Drašković survived, but four of his SPO associates were killed. A trial revealed that the plot involved police officers and members of the State Security Services (DB, now Security-Information Agency). There was another assassination attempt in Budva, Montenegro, where one of Legija’s associates shot at Drašković at his home in Budva. Legija was sentenced to 40 years in prison for multiple murders of the opposition party.The High Court in Belgrade Verdict
IndictmentThe Public Prosecution in Kula and The Basic Court in BelgradeA crime against public safety and causing general dangerMar. 2003In May 2001 Legija got drunk at a discotheque in Kula, a town in Northern Serbia, and shot up the place while also causing a fire. The town was the base of the Special Operations Unit (JSO) he commanded. Nothing happened to him until two years later, after he was charged in the assassination of Serbian Prime Miniser Zoran Đinđić. At that point, prosecutors in Kula indicted him for causing a fire and endangering public safety in a nightclub called Tvrđava, or Fortress. The entire disco burnt in the fire. According to the indictment, Legija came to the discotheque at 11p.m. and half an hour later an associate showed up. The two men drank whisky until 4 a.m., when the guests started leaving. Legia then pulled a gun and shot at a television, bottles of alcohol, a stereo and other items. He admitted his actions and told police he wasn’t involved with any conflict with the staff or ownership of The Fortress. He claimed he saw the fire in the corner of the disco, but couldn’t locate a fire extinguisher.The Public Prosecution in Kula Indicment
IndictmentPublic Prosecution in BelgradeAttack and to prevent an authorized official in the performance of security In 2001 Legija was a guest at a birthday party for turbo folk icon Ceca in the Belgrade club Bojan Stupica. The organizer of the party was aka Ceca, one of the most popular Serbian folk singer and widow of Željko Ražnatović aka Arkan, the leader of paramilitary forces “Arkan’s Tigers.” Legija met Arkan during the 1990s and was part of his armed group. Media reported Legija and Branko Veljković, member of Security-Information Agency, took part in gunfire in Belgrade’s club at the party. Legija was arrested that day. According to published reports, a Public Prosecutor was believed to have helped the Zemun clan avoid prosecution on several occasions, including the incident at Ceca’s party. Legija and Veljković were accused of violent behaviour and attacking policemen on duty at Ceca’s birthday party. According to the indictment against the prosecutor, he participated in making a decision on dismissing the court case against Legija and Veljković and cancelling the case. The prosecutor was acquitted in 2011, but no charges were ever filed against Legija and Veljković.Public Prosecution in Belgrade
LawsuitSrđa Popović, Đinđić's family lawyer failed private lawsuit agains Legija - Serbian Organized Crime ProsecutionThe Special Operations Unit (JSO) mutinyNov. 11, 2010Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić family lawyer Srđa Popović filed a criminal charge against Milorad Ulemek, AKA Legija, as the leader of the Special Operations Unit (JSO) over a munity in the unit that took place in November 2001. The charge alleges that Legija, former commanders and members of the Unit were protesting on a highway in Belgrade endangering the constitutional order and security. Former Serbian president Vojislav Koštunica and former Chief of Military Security Aco Tomić are also included in the allegation.The Special Operations Unit (JSO) mutiny - Srđa Popović Criminal Charge
IndictmentSerbian Organized Crime ProsecutionThe Special Operations Unit (JSO) mutinyMar. 9, On March 9, 2012, the Serbian Organized Crime Prosecution filed an indictment against Milorad Ulemek, AKA Legija, and seven others JSO commanders and members: Duško Maričić, Zvezdan Jovanović, Mića Petraković, Veselin Lečić, Dragoslav Krsmanović, Dragiša Radić and Vladimir Potić. Prosecutors said that during a JSO mutiny had nothing to do with plans or conspiracy to assassinate PM Zoran Đinđić, as had been alleged. JSO blocked highway in Belgrade two times seeking to pressure the government to install laws to hinder Serbian cooperation with The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Serbian Organized Crime Prosecution

Documents
Milorad Ulemek Legija and Zemun clan - High Court in Belgrade Verdict 2008
PM Zoran Đinđić Assasination - Sebian Suprime Court 2008 - second-order judgments
PM Zoran Đinđić Assasination - Sebian Suprime Court 2009 - third-order judgments
Ivan Stambolić Assassination - High Court in Belgrade Verdict 2005 - part 1
Ivan Stambolić Assassination - High Court in Belgrade Verdict 2005 - part 2
Ivan Stambolić Assassination - High Court in Belgrade Verdict 2005 - part 3
Ivan Stambolić Assassination - Serbian Suprime Court 2006 - second-order judgements
Ivan Stambolić Assassination - Serbian Suprime Court 2007
Vuk Drašković Assassination attempt and 4 murders - High Court in Belgrade Verdict 2007 - part 1
Vuk Drašković Assassination attempt and 4 murders - High Court in Belgrade Verdict 2007 - part 2
Vuk Drašković Assassination attempt and 4 murders - Serbian Suprime Court Verdict 2008
Vuk Drašković Assassination attempt and 4 murders - Serbian Suprime Court Verdict 2009
Endangering the public transport - Basic Public Prosecution in Niš Indictment 1996
Endangering the public transport - Police reports to Basic Court in Niš about problems to find Ulemek on his home adress
Endangering the public transport - Basic Court in Niš 2000 - call warrant for Legija
Endangering the public transport - Basic Court in Niš - 2000 Decision on trial in absentia
Endangering the public transport - Ministry of Interior - 2000-2003 police warrants for Legija
Endangering the public transport - Basic Court in Niš - Verdict 2000
Endangering the public transport - Basic Court in Niš - 2003 Police report about arresting wron person with the same surname as Legija
Endangering the public transport - Basic Court in Belgrade 2004 - Decison on outdated procedure - proceeding is suspended four years after verdict because police could not find Legija
A crime against public safety and causing general danger - Public Prosecution in Kula Indictment 2003
Srđa Popović, Đinđić's family lawyer - 2010 Private lawsuit for the Special Operations Unit (JSO) mutiny
The Government Deciosion on dissolving JSO on March 25, 2003


Companies

NameType of OwnershipPercentage OwnershipOther OwnersDescriptionAnnual IncomeSource
LUPUS GROUP DOO (IN LIFE DOO)Through Connected Person or CompanyŽeljko Milisavljević 100%Vukašin Vukašinović, Željko MilisavljevićLupus Group DOO is a security company founded by Legija's wife Aleksandra Ivanović. Until August, 2004 the company was called In Life DOO. The government shut down Lupus Group DOO because of loud public protests over a notorious criminal owning a security firm. In April 2005 Ministry of Interior made a decision allowing the company to acquire four handguns and three rifles. A month later, it reversed that decision. Lupus Group DOO is now in liquidation.no income, company is in the process of liquidationCommercial Court in Belgrade, Business Registers Agency, Serbian Government
SPINA DOOThrough Connected Person or CompanyStanko NikolićSPINA DOO published books written by Legija while in prison. According to Business Register Agency, the owner of the company was Stanko Nikolić and it was under control of Legija's wife Aleksandra Ivanović who were the director of the company. SPINA DOO is now inactive and being liquidated. €6,540 in 2009Serbian Business Registers Agency
KORADO DOOThrough Connected Person or CompanyDušan SpasojevićKorado doo company was owned by late Dušan Spasojević, former leader of Zemun clan. He used this construction company to invest in business and building in Zemun, part of Belgrade where he lived according to "Hronika za Zemun", local newspaper's reports from 2001.Hronika za Zemun local newspapers
POOL GROUP DOOThrough Connected Person or CompanyDušan SpasojevićPOOL GROUP DOO company was owned by late Dušan Spasojević, former leader of Zemun clan. He used this construction company to invest in business and building in Zemun, part of Belgrade where he lived according to "Hronika za Zemun", local newspaper's reports from 2001. Hronika za Zemun local newspapers
KALIMDOR DOOThrough Connected Person or CompanyVukašin Vukašinović, Milorad VelemirKALIMDOR DOO is company registered in Novi Sad, Serbia. One of the founders and the director of the company is Vukašin Vukašinović who were also deputy director in LUPUS GROUP DOO - the company that was founded and controlled by Legija's wife Aleksandra Ivanović. KALIMDOR DOO is now inactive company after process of liquidation.167.000 dinars in 2008Business Register Agency
GUARDIAN DOOThrough Connected Person or CompanyDušan MikalačkiGUARDIAN DOO is security company founded by Dušan Mikalački in 2006 and was director of this company. Mikalački was also director in LUPUS GROUP DOO security company founded by Legija's wife. GUARDIAN DOO is inactive company now.Business Register Agency

Documents
LUPUS GROUP DOO Founding Act
LUPUS GROUP DOO 2005 Government's request to the Commercial Court to shut down the company
LUPUS GROUP DOO Business Registry Agency - the company is in the process of liquidation
LUPUS GROUP DOO April 2005 Ministry of Interior Decision on acquisation of weapons
LUPUS GROUP DOO May 2005 Ministry of Interior Decision on the annulment of the approval for those weapons
LUPUS GROUP DOO Ministry of Finance - Treasury administration 2004-2011
LUPUS GROUP DOO Register list of issued radio station licences
LUPUS GROUP DOO 2005 Business Register Agency - decision to initiate liquidation proceedings
LUPUS GROUP DOO Business Register Agency - company records
SPINA DOO Founding Act
SPINA DOO Business Register Agency - company records
SPINA DOO Business Register Agency - company is in process of liquidation
KALIMDOR DOO Business Register Agency - company records
KALIMDOR DOO Business Register Agency company is in process of liquidation
VIP SECURITY DOO Business Register Agency company records
VIP SECURITY DOO Business Register Agency decision and director election 2007
VIP SECURITY DOO Ministry of Finance - Treasury administration 2004-2011
VIP SECURITY DOO Business Register Agency owner and director information
GUARDIAN DOO Business Register Agency company records


Legal Income

OriginAmountTime FrameDescriptionSource
No legal profitAccording to Decision on seizing property, Pension and Disability Insurance Fund of the Republic of Serbia (PIO Fond) reported that Legija and his wife Aleksandra Ivanović had no legal income registered that would be least proportional to the real estate values. As stated in the Decision, Legija said that he got this property from State Security Services because he was emplyed in State Security Services in 1998 as commander of the Special Operations Unit (JSO) and that he lived in Ljutice Bogdana Street 2 in Belgrade, in flat which was unfunctional and because of that he needed another one.2009 Decision of Special court to seizure assets gained by criminal activity
59.867,39 DEM (437.701,14 dinars)From Jun 1, 1996 till Jun 20, 2001According to Security-Information Agency (BIA), former State Security Services (DB), report for case of seizing property, Legija was employed in Ministry of Interior, as commander of Special Operations Unit (JSO) and had legal income in total amount of 59.867,39 DEM (437.701,14 dinars). Legija came into work in Ministry of Interior on June 1, 1996 and agreeably terminated employment on June 20, 2001.2009 Decision of Special court to seizure assets gained by criminal activity

Documents
2009 Decision of Special court to seizure assets gained by criminal activity
1996 Ministry of Interior - Decision on admission to employment


Illegal Income

OriginAmountTime FrameDescriptionSource
Kidnappings€20 millionFrom 2000 untill 2003Zemun Clan was sentenced for several murders and kidnapping. The group earned money on kidnappings Serbian businessmen. Legija used his position as he was leader of the JSO (Special Operations Unit), so he had information on movement some of businessmen which the group planned to kidnap. He had big role in organizing kidnappings so Legija took half of the money from these criminal activities, according to Dejan Milenković Bagzi testimony. For example, businessman Milija Babović, who was kidnapped in March 2002, just before he was released he paid €10.5 million to members of the group. Legija personally took the money from Babović’s associate and was link between kidnapped and kidnappers. Babović thought that Legija was very helpful for releasing him and in appreciation to Legija, Babović gave him a watch worth €100.000. According to court records, the group took several millions of euro just for one kidnapping and from all kidnappings Zemun clan and Legija earned around €20 million. High Court in Belgrade Verdict

Documents
Zemun Clan - High Court in Belgrade verdict for organizing criminal group, murdering, racketeering and kidnapping


Donations & Charity

OrganizationAmountTime FrameDescriptionSource
Health Center “Zemun“March 2002Late Dušan Spasojević, one of the leaders of Zemun clan, lived in his villa in Šilerova Street in Zemun (the property was seized in 2009). Spasojević donated Health Center “Zemun” which stands between Šilerova and Rade Končara streets in Zemun. Spasojević and the Health Center “Zemun” made a donation contract in March 2002. According to the contract, donation from Spasojević paid for painting the facade for the Center and some other constructions on the building.The gift contract between Dušan Spasojević and the Health Center “Zemun” signed on March 25, 2002

Documents
Dušan Spasojević and the Health Center "Zemun" - the gift contract (Spasojević will pay for painting the facade of Health Center "Zemun" building as a gift for the center)


Real Assets

Type of PropertyEstimated ValueDescriptionSource
Real-estate5 million dinarsLegija bought a property in Belgrade (Železnik) in 1998 from company Stankom Korporacija AD - a flat of 178,29 m2. Three years after, Legija made a contract with his wife Aleksandra Ivanović. The purchase price of the villa in Ilije Stojadinovića street, number 87, Belgrade, at that time, as stated in this contract, is 5.348.700 dinars. State had siezed third part of Legija's villa in june 2009 by the decision on seizing property.Contract of sale of real estate between Legija and his wife Aleksandra Ivanović, High Court Belgrade - 2009 Decision to seizure assets gained by criminal activity

Documents
Contract of sale of real estate between Legija and his wife Aleksandra Ivanović Jun 5, 2001
High Court Belgrade (The Serbian Special Court for the Fight Against Organized Crime) 2009 Decision to seizure assets


Links & Connections

This section lists persons who are linked through other connections including businesses or mutual associates. This may not indicate a direct relationship between the parties.
Name of the Person / OrganizationDescriptionSource
Slobodan MiloševićSlobodan Milošević was president of Serbia and president of Socialistic Party of Serbia. He was accused by the ICTY of genocide between 1991-1995 during the Bosnian war. He was in detention in Hague where he died in March 2006. According to High Court in Belgrade indictment, Milošević planned assassination of Vuk Drašković, a leader of opposition political party SPO, and planned the assassination of Ivan Stambolić. According to the indictment, Milošević asked the chief of State Security Services (DB) Radomir Marković and chief of General Staff Army of Yugoslavia Nebojša Pavković to give any help Legija needed to plot and commit the crimes.High Court in Belgrade Indictment 2003, ICTY Indictment against Milošević
Radomir MarkovićRadomir Marković was chief of State Security Department (DB). A High Court in Belgrade indictment names him as participating in the assassination of opposition politician Ivan Stambolić and assasination attempt on another opposition leader, Vuk Drašković. Marković used his position as DB chief to collect information about Drašković’s movements and share it with Legija. Marković was sentenced to 40 years in prison.High Court in Belgrade Indictment 2003, The Government official press release 2003
Aco TomićAco Tomić was a general in the Army of Yugoslavia and chief of military security. A High Court in Belgrade Indictment accused Tomić of having contacts with Legija and another leader of the Zemun clan, Dušan Spasojević, from his office in Army of Yugoslavia Securtiy Administration. Tomić was at one point linked to the Vuk Drašković assassination attempt and Ivan Stambolić murder. He was arrested in 2003 and spent two and a half months in detention and released after. He was not accused. High Court in Belgrade Indictment 2003
Željko Ražnatović aka ArkanArkan was the notorious leader of paramilitary unit "Tigers" accused of war crimes in Bosnia during 1990s. Arkan was born in 1952 in Slovenia and spent several years abroad while he was younger, running up a string arrests including charges for robbing banks. He also had a successful track record of escaping prisons around Europe. When he returned to Serbia, he joined the Red Star FC Belgrade fan club and became its leader. He used the club to build a loyal following. When the Bosnian war started, Arkan gathered football fans and took them to Bosnia. He was the leader of paramilitary group known as the "Serbian Volunteer Guard" or "Arkan's Tigers." Milorad Ulemek Legija was also a member of that paramilitary group. In January 2000, Arkan was murdered in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in Belgrade. Months earlier, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) indicted him for war crimes. Charges were dropped upon his death. According to the ICTY indictment, the court charges would have included crimes against humanity (murder, other inhumane acts, rape), grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (willfully causing great suffering, willful killing), and violations of the laws or customs of war (murder, cruel treatment, rape). According to the indictment, Arkan was the individual responsible for crimes committed in September 1995 in Sanski Most (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in which soldiers under his command imprisoned, beat, raped, and executed non-Serb people.ITCY Indictment against Arkan 1997, ITCY Case Information Sheet about Arkan
Gradiša Katić / "Identitet" newspapers ("Identity")Gradiša Katić was a journalist and editor of "Identity" newspapers, whose hidden owner was Dušan Spasojević aka Šiptar, a leader of Zemun clan. The Government of Serbia issued a release after the massive police operation Saber in 2003 and listed Gradiša Katić as having connections to the assassination of Serbia’s prime minister. According to that Government press release Katić was under orders from leaders of the Zemun clan to write articles and commentaries misleading the public about the real criminal activities of the crime group. Katić was arrested during Saber and his newspaper "Identitet" was shut down by the Government. All charges were eventually dropped against. He has denied ever receiving any orders to protect the Zemun clan.The Government of Serbia - official press release from 2003 just after police operation Saber - list of persons in criminal charge, Vreme Film documentary and Vreme weekly archives
Ljubiša Buha aka ČumeČume was the leader of the Surčin clan, which spun off from the Zemun clan. Later, leaders of the Zemun clan worked with Legija on several murder plots against Čume, according to a verdict against the Zemun clan.

Documents
ICTY - case against Slobodan Milošević - intercepted telephone conversations Legija and Arkan
Arkan 1997 ITCY Indictment
Arkan 2000 ITCY Case Information Sheet
"Identitet" Newspaper - Ministry of Culture 2003 Decision on prohibiting the newspaper publishing
"Identitet" Newspaper - Ministry of Culture 2004 Decision to terminate the prohibition
Slobodan Milošević and Radomir Marković - High Court in Belgrade Indictment 2003
Aco Tomić - Administration of military security - information about Tomić contacting Legija and leaders of Zemun clan
Government of Serbia - official press release from 2003 just after police operation Saber - list of persons in criminal charge
Gradiša Katić and Aco Tomić - High Court in Belgrade Indictment 2003
Legija - Zemun clan and Ceca


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