Belgrade, 30 September 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Yugoslav military prosecutors today brought formal charges against former Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Momcilo Perisic for spying for the U.S. Perisic was arrested in March for allegedly passing military secrets to a U.S. diplomat. Perisic -- who was army chief of staff under former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic -- denied the allegations.
Washington also denied the spying allegations at the time and protested the detention and rough treatment by military police of its diplomat, U.S. embassy First Secretary John Neighbor. Yugoslavia later apologized for Neighbor's detention.
If convicted, Perisic and two others charged today face between three and 15 years in jail.