The retrial of the accused for the murder of Ljiljana Simić began, the lawyer asked for the exemption of the trial panel

The defendants Zoran Marić and Radomir Delić remained with their earlier defenses, denying the allegations of the indictment.

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Photo: Luka Zeković
Photo: Luka Zeković
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At the retrial of Zoran Marić and Radomir Delic, which began today in the High Court in Podgorica, lawyer Dušan Jovović, Marić's defense attorney, submitted a request to disqualify the members of the criminal panel and presiding judge Veljko Radovanović, after his proposal to on the annulment decision of the Court of Appeal, the reports on the analysis of listings and base stations of the Herceg Novi Police Administration are excluded from the case file as evidence that is not legally valid.

The defendants stuck to their earlier defenses, denying the allegations in the indictment. At today's main trial, the court ordered an expert examination of telephone communications between the accused and other persons.

Lawyer Dina Šabotić, as the defender of the accused Delić, said that she fully agrees with the expert testimony, considering that it is just one more piece of evidence that confirms that her client did not commit the criminal offense charged in the indictment.

"Which is why I ultimately believe that the same decision will be made in this repeated procedure, that is, that my client will be acquitted of the charges," said lawyer Šabotić.

Referring to the annulment decision of the Court of Appeal, lawyer Dušan Jovović, Marić's defense attorney, suggested to the High Court that the Reports on the analysis of listings and base stations of the Herceg Novi Police Administration be excluded from the case file as legally invalid evidence. The Council of Judge Radovanović rejected the request of the defense. After this decision of the court, lawyer Jovović submitted a request for the exemption of both the president of the council and the members of the council. He believes that there are reasons that point to the bias of the acting panel, which made the decision to exclude evidence contrary to the annulment decision of the Court of Appeal. The president of the High Court in Podgorica, Boris Savić, will decide on the defense proposal for exemption.

The Appellate Court of Montenegro completely annulled the first-instance verdict of the High Court in Podgorica, by which Marić was sentenced to a long-term prison term of 40 years, while Delić was acquitted of having committed the criminal offense of aggravated murder as an accomplice.

In the first instance, the accused Zoran Marić was found guilty of the criminal offense of aggravated murder under Article 144 points 1 and 4 of the Criminal Code and sentenced to a long-term prison sentence of 40 years, while the accused Radomir Delić was acquitted of the charge of having committed the aforementioned criminal offense as a co-perpetrator. .

The indictment stated that on September 3, 2020, after 14:46 p.m. in the village of Mokrine near Herceg Novi, they killed Ljiljana Simić in an insidious manner and out of self-interest. Together they reached the residential building in the Dobrota neighborhood in Kotor where the injured party lived. Under the pretext that he was going to take her to Herceg Novi and show her nature and the sunset, Marić lured the victim to get in with him and Delić and sit in the passenger seat of the said vehicle. After that, the defendant and the injured party drove from Kotor in the direction of Herceg Novi in ​​the same vehicle driven by Marić, where Marić joined the main road and then the macadam forest road to the village of Mokrine. After that, he stopped the vehicle on the gravel road, so that both defendants and Simić could go along the footpath across the nearby meadow, on which part of Marić gave instructions to Delic to stay at that place and look towards the gravel road and make sure that no one comes across. which Delic accepted.

As stated in the indictment, Marić started an argument with the victim Simić, then knocked her down on the ground, pressed her on her chest with his feet, then grabbed her neck with both hands and struck her several times with his fists or a mechanical tool in the area of ​​her face, inflicting serious and life-threatening bodily injuries, from which the injured party died. After that, he promised Delić a monetary reward in the amount of between four and five thousand euros, which he would pay him upon the sale of the apartment of the victim Simić, and that Delić in return would remain silent about the committed criminal act and not report it to the competent authorities, which promised material benefit was the defendant Delić and accepted.

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