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The BBC's Khalid Javed
"He's accused of corruption and abuse of power"
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The BBC's Paul Anderson, in Belgrade
"The War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague is also preparing additional charges relating to the wars in Bosnia and Croatia"
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Thursday, 3 May, 2001, 18:39 GMT 19:39 UK
Milosevic given war crimes indictment
Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic addresses a Socialist party conference, Feb 2000
Mr Milosevic has been in prison a month
Slobodan Milosevic has been handed an indictment for war crimes, nearly two years after it was filed by the United Nations court prosecuting crimes in the former Yugoslavia.

The indictment was delivered to the imprisoned Mr Milosevic on Thursday, less than a week after UN prosecutor Carla del Ponte demanded to know if it had been handed over as required.

The former Yugoslav leader is wanted in connection with alleged crimes committed during the Kosovo conflict, but Yugoslav leaders say he must stand trial in his own country first.

UN war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte
Mrs Del Ponte demanded that the indictment be delivered
He was arrested at his villa in Belgrade on 1 April and charged with corruption and abuse of power by the Yugoslav authorities.

The UN indictment has been a long time getting to Mr Milosevic.

International criminal court officials said they delivered it to the Yugoslav Justice Ministry during a visit on 6 April.

As it was handed over to Mr Milosevic on Thursday, the Belgrade court said the indictment had been received on 26 April.

The document is written in English and Serbian.

Dispute

There has been some tension between Western powers and Yugoslav leaders over the 59-year-old demagogue.

Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica
Mr Kostunica wants Mr Milosevic tried in Belgrade
United States officials initially said Belgrade must hand him over immediately to the court in The Hague or lose millions of dollars in aid.

Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica insisted that Mr Milosevic needed to face justice in Yugoslavia before the international court had its turn with him.

European leaders helped defuse the row by suggesting that the international court might be willing to wait for Yugoslav justice to deal with Mr Milosevic before prosecuting him for war crimes.

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