Milorad Ulemek - J.S.O. Crvene Beretke - Kosovo Is Serbia

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KOSOVO JE SRBIJA - KOSOVO IS SERBIA His father Milan was a non-commissioned officer in the Yugoslav Peopl...
KOSOVO JE SRBIJA - KOSOVO IS SERBIA His father Milan was a non-commissioned officer in the Yugoslav People's Army and his mother Natalija was a homemaker. He was a very lively boy that often got into trouble. He finished a course for an auto-mechanic and he graduated from the nursing school Ulemek gained his nickname through his tenure in French Foreign Legion where he managed to accomplish more than any other non-French soldier by then (he made it to a rank that only French officers can have) and thus was regarded with great respect by the Legion. He returned to Serbia at the beginning of the Yugoslav wars (he deserted French Foreign Legion on March 18, 1992) and joined the Serb Volunteer Guard, aka "Arkans Tigers" (a paramilitary group). Their leader, "Arkan", was for many years a particular favorite of Slobodan Milošević. Ulemek first became combat instructor and later promoted to one of the Guard's deputy commanders, and fought with Arkan in Croatia and Bosnia. He commanded a special unit based in eastern Slavonia called Super Tigrovi (Super Tigers) who operated in 1994-1995 around the Bihać pocket. When the Tigers were disbanded, in 1996 Ulemek joined the notorious Special Operations Unit of Yugoslavia's secret police, better known as the "Red Berets". The Red Berets were nominally an antiterrorist unit. Ulemek became commander of the Red Berets in 1999. He is suspected of involvement in the murder of four officials of Vuk Drašković's Serbian Renewal Movement in a staged traffic accident in 1999. (This was one of several unsuccessful attempts to kill Drašković himself.) A few months before, during the war in Kosovo, Legija commanded the Red Berets in the field. Then came the fall of Milošević. Legija's role in this remains controversial, but the most generally accepted version is that he met with Vojislav Koštunica and Zoran Đinđić who were then leaders of the opposition and effectively negotiated a change of sides. The Red Berets would not intervene to save Milošević. The new government, in turn, would leave them most of their privileges and would not prosecute them or even inquire too deeply into their lives and their pasts. Recently when the Kosovo province unilaterally declared independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, the media in Serbia has reported that Legija wants to go back to Kosovo. However, the current government is unlikely to let Legija out of his 40-year sentence and his statement quickly lost attention.