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Yugoslavia: Stojiljkovic Attempts Suicide In Parliament

Belgrade, 12 April 2002 (RFE/RL) -- A former Serbian interior minister, wanted for alleged war crimes, has shot himself in the head and been taken to hospital in critical condition. Vlajko Stojiljkovic -- who headed the police under former President Slobodan Milosevic -- pulled out a gun and shot himself in front of the federal parliament building in Belgrade yesterday.

In a suicide note, Stojiljkovic said he was acting in protest at parliament's adoption of a law allowing the transfer of war crimes suspects to The Hague, just hours earlier.

Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica described the suicide attempt as a "warning to the international community that constantly sets conditions, pressures us, and dictates behavior."

Stojiljkovic -- who is still a member of the federal parliament for Milosevic's Socialist Party -- is one of four senior officials accused alongside Milosevic for alleged war crimes during the Yugoslav military campaign in Kosovo.