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Montenegro: Investigation Into Muslim Deportations Begins

Belgrade, 29 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Montenegro's State Prosecutor said yesterday that his office has begun an investigation into who ordered the deportation of Bosnian Muslim refugees from Montenegro in 1992.

Vladimir Susovic told a news conference in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica that the investigation comes at the request of the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. Some 50 Bosnian Muslim refugees were arrested in Montenegro between May and June 1992 and handed over to the Bosnian Serbs. The U.N. Tribunal says the Muslims were later killed.

Susovic said it was not clear who ordered the deportations but he noted that current Yugoslav Defense Minister Pavle Bulatovic was Montenegro's Interior Minister at the time.

Meanwhile, the international civilian official in Bosnia urged the U.N. Security Council today to consider freezing foreign assets of those indicted of war crimes. Carlos Westendorp said freezing those assets would be an important part of the campaign to bring those suspects to justice.