Serbia: New bomb reports – they were all false, but people’s unrest remains – BBC News in Serbian

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Twenty days after two mass murders in Serbia in which 18 people, mostly children and young people, were killed, there is a repeated wave of reports about planted bombs in various facilities, mostly schools.

New notifications were sent on Tuesday, May 23 to several schools in Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, Kragujevac, Kruševac, Niš, Čačak and Gornji Milanovac.

After a police check, it was determined that all reports were false, RTS reported.

In the middle of the previous week, more than 100 Belgrade primary and secondary schools received anonymous reports of bombs, which were later determined to be false.

The Military Medical Academy, one of the largest health institutions in the country, the Zvezdara Clinical Hospital Center, as well as the Zoo in Belgrade, received reports about the planted bombs.

Educational institutions, sports institutions, shopping centers and faculties in Novi Sad and Sombor received similar threats.

Anonymous bomb reports are not rare and have almost become a trend in recent years, not only in Serbia, but also in the Balkan region.

The new reports in the schools further disturbed the parents of the students, especially after the unprecedented tragedy when the 13-year-old entered the elementary school in the center of Belgrade with his father’s gun, as it has been reported so far in the investigation. killed nine students and a school guardand injured six other students and a history teacher.

Immediately after this tragedy, the authorities decided to deploy more than 1,000 police officers in schools in Serbia.

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, said that he is convinced that this will significantly increase safety in schools, that peer violence will be reduced by 80 percent, and that parents will be calmer when sending their children to school.

It is not easy to determine where the email was sent from

How complicated it will be to discover the perpetrators depends on the skills of the police, but also on the way in which the information was received.

If the report was made by telephone, it is easy to determine from which number or which base stations the call came from, especially if domestic networks or operators are involved, said Jovan Šikanja from the portal E siguret for the BBC in Serbian in May 2022.

When it comes to e-mail, the situation gets more complicated.

“In the case of e-mail, it is difficult to determine because there are many services for anonymizing e-mail addresses, they are not perfect, but the story is much more complicated.

“It doesn’t matter where the email comes from, there are services just for anonymous sending, that means little to the police, because the message can be sent from Serbia, and it can be seen that the message was sent from who knows what email address,” explains Šikanja.

He remembers such applications from the period of his schooling, although there were significantly fewer of them.

“This is not a new thing, but the techniques have advanced.

“It is clear that they have to react, but the police should improve protocols and make a better selection of which reports they will take into consideration,” says Šikanja.

What does the Criminal Code say?

Article 343: Causing panic and disorder

(1) Whoever, by presenting or spreading false news or assertions, causes panic, or seriously disturbs public order or peace, or frustrates or more significantly hinders the implementation of decisions and measures of state bodies or organizations exercising public powers, shall be punished with imprisonment from three months to three years and a fine by punishment.

(2) If the offense referred to in paragraph 1 of this article was committed through the means of public information or similar means or at a public meeting, the perpetrator shall be punished with imprisonment from six months to five years.

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