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Yugoslavia: Montenegro Police Arrest Serb Secret Policemen

Belgrade, Oct. 16, 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Independent news agencies in Montenegro quote police in the republic as saying they have arrested 11 policemen from neighboring Serbia's secret police. Montenegro's independent Montena-Fax news agency and Serbia's independent Beta news agency quote a police statement which accuses Federal Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic of sending the men to influence this Sunday's runoff presidential elections in Montenegro. Montenegro's current President, Momir Bulatovic, is being backed by Milosevic in his race against Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic. Djukanovic is an Milosevic opponent.

The Montenegrin police statement says all 11 men have previous criminal records. Independent media in Belgrade charge that Milosevic has deployed secret police throughout Montenegro to try to influence the election results.

There was no immediate comment from Belgrade.