By Marija Ristic
Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said on Friday he had received confirmation from Spanish police that Bojovic and his associates Vladimir Milisavljevic, Sinisa Petric and Vladimir Mijanovic had been detained.
Slobodan Homen, state secretary in the Ministry of Justice, said Serbia would request an emergency extradition of the group from Spain as both countries are signatories to the Council of Europe Convention on Extradition.
According to Belgrade-based daily Blic, Bojovic was arrested because his best friend Milos “Bata” Nikolic, leader of the Serbian criminal underworld in Holland, revealed his location to the police.
Bojovic and his gang are accused by Serbian authorities of several murders and attempted murders.
Bojovic was also a member of the Tigers paramilitary group led by Zeljko Raznjatovic, better known as Arkan, who died in Belgrade in 2000. The Tigers have been widely accused of committing war crimes against civilians in Bosnia.
Bojovic was jailed by Serbian authorities in 2007 but released on bail in 2009. Serbian police lost track of him in 2010 and issued an international arrest warrant.
Milisavljevic, who was arrested along with Bojovic, was considered one of the closest associates of Dusan Spasojevic, a particularly notorious member of the gang who led a group charged with carrying out killings. Spasojevic was killed by police in 2003.
Milisavljevic has been sentenced in Serbia to 40 years in prison for crimes committed by the gang, and to an additional 35 years for participating in the 2003 murder of then-prime minister Zoran Djinjdic.