Posted by Ted (184.108.40.206) on June 28, 2001 at 22:29:32:
But this is such good news to me... To the world because of the precedent it sets to hateful, sadistic tyrants that I have to post it from my excitement over it. Again, I apologize for how off topic it is. But it really is something I consider incredibly good news and I've been holding off posting it for many hours now because it is so off topic.
InfoBeat - Milosevic handed over to UN
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) - Slobodan Milosevic was handed over
to an official of the U.N. war crimes tribunal Thursday, in the
start of his extradition for trial before the Netherlands-based
court for alleged Kosovo atrocities, the government said.
``The former Yugoslav president was handed over to The Hague
tribunal,'' said government spokesman Nemanja Kolesar.
Reporters at Belgrade's Central Prison saw a motorcade leaving
the building for an undisclosed location but could not verify if
Milosevic was in one of the cars.
Milosevic would be the first former head of government to be
brought before the war crimes tribunal. The former Yugoslav
president was indicted for alleged atrocities committed in Kosovo
during the crackdown he ordered two years ago on the province's
ethnic Albanian population. The crackdown ended after NATO's 78-day
In a first reaction, Milosevic lawyer Toma Fila said: ``I cannot
believe that this has happened.''
The handover came just hours after Milosevic appeared to have
won more time in his fight to avoid trial by the tribunal when
Constitutional Court judges suspended a federal government decree
allowing his extradition to the court at The Hague.
Senior Serbian officials had served notice they would surrender
Milosevic to the tribunal even if the Constitutional Court
suspended the decree.
He has been in prison since April 1 while allegations of abuse
of power and corruption are investigated.
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