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Widow leads concert for Arkan

Arkan's widow sang 34 songs and gave three encores
Arkan's widow sang 34 songs and gave three encores  


BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- The widow of murdered Serbian warlord Arkan has led a crowd of 70,000 people in a concert devoted to her late husband three years after his death.

Serbian singer Svetlana Raznatovic Ceca, Arkan's 29-year-old statuesque widow, told the audience on Saturday night she was singing "for my husband Zeljko, for Belgrade, for Serbia..."

Arkan died in a hail of bullets in a lobby of a Belgrade hotel.

His killers were found and sentenced. But the motive behind the murder is still unknown.

Ceca, dubbed the goddess of Serbia "turbo folk," fulfilled her dream of packing the "Marakana" soccer stadium of former European champions Red Star Belgrade.

With her was her five-year-old son Veljko, and three-year-old daughter Anastasija.

Arkan, who led a dreaded paramilitary unit during the 1991-95 wars in Croatia and Bosnia.

His so-called "Tigers" were the most feared of Serb paramilitary groups accused of doing the dirty work of ethnic cleansing.

A U.N. war crimes tribunal indicted him in March 1999 for alleged atrocities during Croatian and Bosnian wars in 1991-95.

Serb military leader Zeljko Raznatovic, a.ka. Arkan, was shot dead
Serb military leader Zeljko Raznatovic, a.ka. Arkan, was shot dead  

Arkan denied his men committed any war crimes, saying they only defended Serbs in the two former Yugoslav republics and were under the command of Yugoslav army.

"I came here to pay tribute to Arkan more than I did as a fan of Ceca," Srdjan, a 21-year-old student from Belgrade, told Reuters.

Arkan's killing triggered speculation that former President Slobodan Milosevic -- also a war crimes suspect now on trial in The Hague -- had been trying to silence a potential witness against him.



 
 
 
 






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