Recent Serbian government reports have alleged that arms smuggler and drug dealer Zoran Uskokovic (also known as "Skole") ordered the assassination of Arkan. Not so, says Uskokovic, who called a Belgrade newspaper and denied the charges. "Skole" told the Belgrade paper that he was an "excellent friend" of Arkan's. Skole is supposed to be hiding out in Germany. Skole and Arkan supposedly had common interests in various "construction contracts" in Serbia.