Turkish police say they have arrested 12 people in Istanbul, including the suspected murderer from Montenegro Skaljari clan leader, Jovan Vukotic.
Following Vukotić’s assassination on the evening of September 8, when two assailants on motorcycles opened fire on Vukotić’s car in Istanbul’s Sisli district, the Organized Crime Section and the Police Intelligence Directorate Istanbul have launched a full investigation, police said in a statement. .
The operation resulted in the arrest of 12 suspects, including Radoje Živković and Zdravko Perunović, believed to be the real killers. Istanbul police did not reveal the identities of the other detained suspects.
During the operation, carried out on September 16, police also seized 11 fake IDs, six fake passports and two firearms, believed to have been used in the attack, the report reads. communicated.
Škaljari leader Vukotić was expelled from Turkey three years ago and handed over to Serbian authorities, as he was wanted in Serbia and Montenegro. However, he managed to escape and return to Turkey illegally.
The alleged murderers – Živković and Perunović – are known from the Montenegrin prosecutor’s indictment, as high-ranking members of Škaljati’s opponent clan – the Kavač.
The indictment was filed against 14 members of the Kavač clan, led by Radoje Zvicer and Slobodan Kašćelan. Both are suspected of torturing and killing their rivals, according to Serbian investigative media KRIK.
Serbian media speculates that Radoje Zvicer ordered Vukotić’s murder in Istanbul after several earlier attempts to kill him in Serbia and Montenegro failed.
Radoje Živković, nicknamed Žuti (Yellow), is said to be a close relative of Zvicer, and his name has been linked to many other attempts against members of the rival gang.
The Kavač and Škaljari clans originate from Kotor on the Adriatic coast. Their members smuggled cocaine from South America to Europe together, but broke up over a bad deal in 2014.
The ensuing conflict shattered the underworld in Serbia and Montenegro, prompting other criminal groups, and even some police and politicians, to choose sides.
The conflict has claimed the lives of dozens of people in countries of the former Yugoslavia and beyond, as gangs fight to control cocaine smuggling routes from South America to fuel the usual 5.7 billion euros per year from Europe.