Netherlands extradites reputed Serbian mobster

24th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch authorities extradited reputed gangster Sreten Jocic to Serbia on Friday.

24 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch authorities extradited reputed gangster Sreten Jocic to Serbia on Friday.

Also known as 'Jotsa' and 'Joca Amsterdam', he is suspected in Serbia of involvement in the killing of three police officers and several other murders in Serbia and Germany.

Serbian Jocic, 44, received a three-year jail term in the Netherlands last September for a failed attempt to smuggle 40 kilos of heroin in the late 1990s. Taking account of time served in pre-trial custody, he has now completed the sentence.

Although it has not been proven in court, there have been rumours of a link between Jocic and the killing of gangland figures Sam Klepper and Jan Femer in Amsterdam.

It was also suggested Jocic planned the murder from his cell of Dutch prosecutor Koos Plooij. Police took precautions to safeguard Plooij and he went into hiding for a time. No attack was carried out.

The Dutch authorities viewed Jocic as an escape risk and he was placed in the high-security prison at Vught to deter his supporters from attempting to free him.

Police in Belgrade took extra security measures for his arrival from the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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