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40 Serbian Judges Charged With Corruption

(RFE/RL) 13 November 2005 -- Authorities in Serbia have brought criminal charges against 40 judges in an effort to fight corruption.

Justice Minister Zoran Stojkovic made the announcement to reporters on 12 November in Belgrade.

He said Serbia's judiciary was plagued with corruption, and that the 40 judges came from across the Balkan country and included the heads of some courts.

Serbia has launched talks on establishing closer ties with the European Union in hopes of eventually joining the bloc.

EU officials have urged Serbia's authorities to root out