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Serbia: Milosevic Charged In Belgrade With Ordering Murders

Belgrade, 24 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A Serbian prosecutor is reported to have indicted former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on charges of ordering the killing of one political opponent and attempting to kill another adversary. Local media in Belgrade reported that the cases are the killing of former Serbian President Ivan Stambolic, who disappeared in 2000 and whose remains were found this year, and an assassination attempt on opposition leader Vuk Draskovic in 1999.

Special prosecutor Jovan Prijic is quoted as saying in a statement that Milosevic had created among the perpetrators the decision to commit both crimes.

Four other men have been charged along with Milosevic: former special police commander Milorad Legija, former state security chief Radomir Markovic, security adviser Milorad Bracanovic, and former armed forces Chief of Staff Nebojsa Pavkovic. The indictment is expected to submitted to court in Belgrade later today.

Milosevic is currently on trial at the international tribunal at The Hague on charges of genocide and war crimes during the wars of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.