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Yugoslavia: Journalist To Be Questioned On Spying Charges

Nis, Yugoslavia; 22 May 2000 (RFE/RL) - Lawyers for Miroslav Filipovic say the Serbian journalist is due today to be questioned by a military investigative court on suspicion of spying. Filipovic's lawyer, Goran Draganic, said the Agence France Presse reporter has been ordered to report to a court in Nis this morning (1000 CET). Prosecutor Stanimir Radosavljevic said police have charged Filipovic with espionage and spreading false information. Filipovic, also a reporter for the independent Serbian newspaper "Danas," was detained two weeks ago (May 8) but released four days later from a military prison. A large quantity of documents and his passport were seized in the raid.

In Belgrade yesterday, several thousand people participated in the fifth straight day of protests against a recent crackdown on non-government media. The latest demonstrations started when the Serbian government closed Studio B, considered the most important opposition television outlet in Serbia.