Former Serbian president surrenders to United Nations court
Former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic surrendered Monday to the United Nations tribunal in The Hague, officials said, the last of Slobodan Milosevic's top allies to face trial on war crimes charges.
Milutinovic was indicted in 1999 along with former Yugoslav president Milosevic for allegedly organizing the mass expulsion of ethnic Albanians from their homes in Kosovo.
"Milan Milutinovic has arrived at the detention center," said spokesman Christian Chartier of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Arriving in The Hague, Milutinovic turned himself in voluntarily three weeks after losing his immunity from prosecution when his term in office expired at the end of last year, AFP said.
Milutinovic is expected to go before the court in the next couple of days to enter a plea to charges of having been part of a core of decision makers responsible for a brutal crackdown on ethnic-Albanian civilians during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo, a southern province of Serbia.
He has denied responsibility for war crimes, claiming that despite sitting on Yugoslavia's Supreme Defense Council he had no power over the Yugoslav armed forces or the Serbian police during their operations against so-called "terrorists" in Kosovo. (Albawaba.com)
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