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Yugoslavia: Judge Orders Detention Of Milosevic Ally


Belgrade, 13 February 2001 (RFE/RL) -- A Belgrade judge today ordered that the former director of Serbian state television be detained for 30 days. The judge issued the order after questioning Dragoljub Milanovic about whether he knew in advance that NATO had targeted the headquarters of state television in 1999. Milanovic -- an ally of ousted Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic -- faces charges of endangering public safety for allegedly telling employees to stay at their work stations, even if the state television headquarters was attacked.

NATO missiles hit the Belgrade headquarters on 23 April 1999, killing 16 people.

Concerning another Milosevic ally, the Belgrade daily newspaper "Vecernje Novosti" reported that Miodrag Zecevic -- considered Milosevic's private banker -- fled Yugoslavia last week using a fake passport. The paper said Zecevic, a former director of the French-Yugoslav Bank in Paris, fled to Budapest. His whereabouts are now unknown.

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