Radulovic placed in detention

BELGRADE - The criminal pre-trial chamber of the Organized Crime Prosecutor's Office of the Belgrade High Court placed in detention Slobodan Radulovic, former director of C Market retail chain, as suggested by the prosecution.

Court's spokesperson Dusica Ristic stated late on Saturday that the chamber has decided that the earlier ruling to hold Radulovic in detention so as to prevent his escape will remain in effect.

Since the Appellate Court is considering the appeals to the five-year prison sentence pronounced against Radulovic, his detention may last by the time he is sent to serve the sentence or until the first-instance sentence has expired.

Earlier on Saturday, Radulovic arrived at Belgrade Airport Nikola Tesla after eight years on the run and was taken in for questioning at the Organized Crime Prosecutor's Office of the Belgrade High Court.

Previously, he was examined by doctors at the special prison hospital as he did not feel well, and afterwards he signed a document stating his consent to be interrogated briefly.

He was on the run since the launch of the legal proceedings against the so-called Bankruptcy Mafia in April 2006, and an international arrest warrant was issued against him.

After years of trial, the Special Court passed a verdict in the Bankruptcy Mafia case sentencing Radulovic to five years in prison for abuses relating to C market.

The ruling, however, has not been enforced still, and the Appellate Court is expected to decide on the appeals. Radulovic can request a retrial as he was sentenced in absentia.

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