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Serbia: Former President Surrenders To The Hague

Belgrade, 20 January 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Reports from Belgrade say that former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic (pictured) has surrendered to the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Milutinovic flew to The Hague this morning. Milutinovic is accused of helping plan the persecution, deportation, and murder of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1998-1999. He has denied the charges, saying he had no real power as Serbian president over the behavior of the armed forces.

Milutinovic lost his immunity from prosecution when his term in office expired at the end of last year, clearing the way for his handover to the United Nations tribunal.

Milutinovic was indicted along with former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, who is currently on trial in The Hague.