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Yugoslavia: Britons Reject Terrorism Charges

Belgrade, 9 August (RFE/RL) - The Yugoslav lawyer for two Britons being held in Yugoslavia on suspicion of attempted terrorism says they have rejected all the allegations against them. The two men were detained last week in Montenegro together with two Canadians. The Britons appeared today before a military court in Belgrade which is to decide whether they will be officially charged or not. Their lawyer, Dusan Djurisic, told Beta news agency earlier today, before the hearing had ended, that it was too early to say whether there will be an indictment. The two Canadians are also to appear before the court today. Two diplomats from Britain and Canada who arrived at the court were not allowed to see the men.

The Britons are members of the mission in Kosovo of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The organization today asked the Yugoslav authorities to let the diplomats have access to the detainees and speed proceedings leading to the men's release.