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Yugoslavia: Milosevic Under Investigation

Belgrade, 26 February 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is under investigation and may soon face criminal charges. Serbian Interior Minister Dusan Mihajlovic said yesterday that officials are looking into whether Milosevic filed false statements on his personal holdings in order to receive a home from the government towards the end of his 13-year rule. If found guilty, Milosevic could face up to three years in prison.

The announcement comes shortly after Serbian Justice Minister Vladan Batic declared what he called an "intensive war" against crime that will leave no suspects untouched. On Saturday, Batic announced the head of Serbia's feared secret police under Milosevic had been arrested. Rade Markovic is being investigated for his possible role in a 1999 car crash that left opposition leader Vuk Draskovic slightly injured and four of his associates dead. Draskovic has long claimed the crash was an assassination attempt against him. Today, Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia said the charges against Markovic are "fabricated."