The US ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott said it “was a shame that a convicted war criminal walked in front of those who wanted to honour the allies who died fighting for justice and peace in Europe. European Day = European values.”
In his tweet in Serbian, Scott on Friday published a photo of Vucic’s chief-of-staff Nikola Selakovic holding the coat to General Vladimir Lazarevic, a convicted war criminal, during the so-called ‘Immortal Regiment’ march on Thursday.
Sramota je da osuđeni ratni zločinac korača ispred onih koji žele da odaju počast saveznicima koji su umirali boreći se za pravdu i mir u Evropi. Dan Evrope = evropske vrednosti. https://t.co/rQpZcWWwT0
— Ambassador Anthony Godfrey (@usambserbia) May 10, 2019
Lazerevic was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment, after being found guilty of command responsibility for war crimes against local Albanians during the 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo, the then Serbia’s province.
He was and released in 2015 after serving the two-thirds of the sentence.