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Yugoslavia: Officials To Decide On Alleged Spies

Podgorica, 8 August 2000 (RFE/RL) - Yugoslav authorities are expected to decide today whether to press charges against two British and two Canadian men arrested in Montenegro on suspicion of spying and terrorism. The Yugoslav lawyer for the four men, Vojislav Zecevic, said the legal limit they can be held expires tonight. The four were brought yesterday to a court in Podgorica, the capital of the Yugoslav republic of Montenegro, where they gave statements to a military judge. Their lawyer said they deny the allegations against them.

The four, three of whom were employed in Kosovo, were arrested last week in Montenegro while driving back to Kosovo. Yugoslav authorities claimed they had military equipment and explosives in their possession and were involved in terrorist training activities.

No foreign diplomats have been allowed to contact the men.