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Serbia: War Crimes Tribunal Indicts Former Milosevic Security Chiefs

The Hague, 6 May 2003 (RFE/RL) -- UN prosecutors indicted two allies of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for allegedly murdering and deporting Croats and Muslims between 1991-1995. The tribunal said yesterday that former state security chief Jovica Stanisic and his deputy, Franko Simatovic, headed Serbian paramilitary units in the Bosnian and Croatian wars.

They are currently in detention in Belgrade in connection with the assassination in March of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. They are expected to be transferred to the tribunal's detention unit in The Hague soon.

Tribunal spokesman Jim Landale said the men are accused of five counts of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war for alleged crimes in the formerly Serb-controlled regions of Eastern Slavonia and the Krajina, Croatia.