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Thursday, 5 April, 2001, 10:06 GMT 11:06 UK
Analysis: The charges Milosevic faces
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic
Charges and allegations against Milosevic are piling up
BBC News Online draws together the mass of charges and allegations being brought against former Yugoslav President Mr Milosevic in Serbia and at The Hague tribunal.

The charges:

Following the arrest of Mr Milosevic, a charge sheet against him was issued by the Belgrade public prosecutor. The charges centre on the abuse of power and criminal association - issues of great concern to Serbs suffering under a devastated economy.

Click here to see the full, official charge sheet.

 Click here to listen to the File on Four report: Milosevic's Millions

The charge sheet alleges that these criminal acts were committed "with the intention of acquiring financial and other benefits for himself, for a certain circle of people, and for the then governing Socialist Party of Serbia".

Milosevic's co-accused
Mihalj Kertes, former customs chief
Nikola Sainovic, former deputy PM
Jovan Zebic, former deputy PM
Radomir Markovic, former head of the security services
It is alleged that Mr Milosevic and his co-accused diverted millions of dollars from customs revenue either to a Belgrade bank account or distributed it in the form of cash to a wide circle of beneficiaries.

The charge sheet says Mr Milosevic could be liable to "five years in prison or heavier penalties [for] abuse of official position, unscrupulous work in service, falsification of official documents, and so forth".

Click here to see a full report on Mr Milosevic's inner circle

Since the initial charges, a new charge was filed - "organising a group and inciting persons to prevent actions by officials". This is based on a police claim that Mr Milosevic urged his guards to shoot at officers trying to arrest him.

The charges may soon be superseded by what are at the moment unofficial allegations regarding massive financial plunder, organised crime and conspiracy to murder.

Other allegations:

Several different types of crimes, including political killings and dealing in drugs, are being laid at Mr Milosevic's door.

  • Political assassinations and abductions: It is alleged that the secret services attempted to assassinate prominent opposition leader Vuk Draskovic. Four of Mr Draskovic's associates were killed in the incident, an apparent car crash in 1999.

    An opposition newspaper editor, Slavko Curuvija was gunned down in April 1999.

    Ivan Stambolic, a former president of Serbia and once a very close ally of Mr Milosevic, was abducted in August last year and has never been seen sine.

    Notorious Balkan warlord Zeljko Raznjatovic, better known as Arkan, was assassinated in a Belgrade hotel last year. It is alleged that Arkan knew too much about the Milosevic government's military and criminal activities in on Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.

  • Electoral fraud: After the Yugoslav presidential election in September, the Federal Electoral Commission tried to deprive Vojislav Kostunica of victory by claiming that he received less than the required 50% of the votes cast. Five members of the commission are now facing trial for the falsification of results.

  • Organised crime: Last month Serbian police found more than 600kg of high-grade heroin deposited in a Belgrade bank vault by Mr Milosevic's secret police. When two key Milosevic aides, who are also named on the official charge sheet, Rade Markovic and Mihalj Kertes, were arrested earlier this year, police found drugs in their offices. There is evidence that Mr Milosevic and his close associates were also involved in money laundering.

Tracking the missing millions:

Investigations have put the extent of the plunder by Milosevic and his cronies at $4bn.

Mr Milosevic's inner circle, including his close family, are believed to have hundreds of millions of dollars held abroad in private bank accounts in Cyprus, Switzerland, Lebanon, Russia, Greece, and Israel.

During the early 1990s, sack loads of foreign currency are believed to have been spirited abroad into the secret bank accounts.

Click here to see excerpts from Mr Milosevic's appeal.

Mr Milosevic has denied this in an appeal against his detention, which he describes as a "political fix".

"There was never any discussion of giving money or material resources to individuals or groups, but only of state affairs," the appeal argues.

The money, the appeal says, went to "the most threatened socio-economic hotspots" in the country.

Spending on weapons, munitions, and other needs of the army of the Serb Republic and the Republic of Serb Krajina "for reasons of the national interest" could not be shown on the national budget because they were a state secret, the appeal says.

War crimes

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague is ready too try Mr Milosevic on the basis of an indictment it issued against him in 1999 for war crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo.

Click here to see the full Hague indictment against Mr Milosevic.

Following the former Yugoslav president's arrest, the tribunal's chief prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, said she had drawn up a second indictment for crimes allegedly committed in Bosnia.

The Serbian authorities are reluctant to extradite the former leader, partly on the grounds that such a move could provoke political unrest in the country.

However, a recent opinion poll suggests that the majority of Serbs (56% against 31%) would be willing to see their former leader tried in The Hague.

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