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Friday, 29 June, 2001, 20:15 GMT 21:15 UK
Milosevic extradition sparks turmoil
Protesters holding newspapers with headline
Protesters see the extradition as treason
The political backlash from the snap extradition of Slobodan Milosevic has begun in earnest in Yugoslavia, even as international donors agreed to pump millions of dollars into rebuilding the country's shattered economy.

Thousands of angry Milosevic supporters are gathered in front of the Yugoslav parliament in Belgrade chanting "treason" and "let's rise up".

The rally followed an announcement by Yugoslav Prime Minister Zoran Zizic that he had resigned in a move expected to bring the cabinet down.


The arrest of Slobodan Milosevic is a turning point that will lend renewed energy to the task of arresting those fugitives that are still at liberty

War crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte
President Vojislav Kostunica - who says he was kept in the dark about the extradition - also announced that his Democratic Party of Serbia was abandoning the parliamentary groups of the ruling DOS alliance in both Serbian and federal Yugoslav chambers in protest.

But in The Hague, the war crimes tribunal's chief prosecutor called Mr Milosevic's extradition a "turning point" in the fight to bring other fugitives to face trial.

Carla del Ponte also announced that Mr Milosevic was being served with a fresh war crimes indictment in his prison cell in The Hague, listing new charges arising from the conflict in Kosovo.

Milosevic handover
Milosevic's handover was labelled unconstitutional
Charges over the wars in Bosnia and Croatia were also being prepared, she said.

Earlier, international donors announced that more than $1bn in aid had been agreed at a conference in Brussels.

Among initial pledges were $540m from the World Bank over the next few years, and a package worth $450m from the European Union. The US later donated $181m - around $80m more than than had been originally planned.

Ruined economy

The US and several other countries agreed to attend the conference only after the Yugoslav Government moved towards extraditing Mr Milosevic.

Ex-Yugoslavia tribunal
Established by the Security Council 1993
Covers genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity since 1990
Maximum sentence: life
Maximum so far: 45 years for Bosnian Croat general
Most prominent suspects at large: Bosnian Serbs Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic
The aid announced will be used to start repairing the damage done during the Milosevic era by war, corruptions and economic sanctions.

But despite the aid, the wrangling over the legitimacy of Mr Milosevic's extradition continued.

The resignation of Mr Zizic - who also led his SNP party out of the ruling coalition - could theoretically spark early elections.

However, the BBC's south-east Europe analyst, Gabriel Partos, says a cabinet reshuffle or some kind of caretaker government are more likely in the short term.

But the furore seems certain to fuel separatist sentiment in Montenegro - Serbia's last remaining partner in the Yugoslav federation - hastening the day when Yugoslavia itself ceases to exist.

The extradition, always bound to be politically sensitive, has proved particularly divisive, because the Yugoslav Constitutional Court tried to block the move, only to be overruled by the Serbian Government.

Leading politicians, including Mr Zizic, denounced the move as unconstitutional and illegal.

Mass deportation

Mr Milosevic is accused of having ultimate responsibility for the mass deportation of 740,000 Kosovo Albanians and for the murder of hundreds of individually named Albanians in several massacres said to have been committed by Serb soldiers and militias.

Rise and fall of Milosevic
1989: Becomes Serbian president
1991-95: Launches wars in Croatia and Bosnia
1998: Starts campaign against Kosovo Albanians
1999: Withdraws following Nato bombing
1999: Indicted by UN tribunal
2000: Rigs elections, ousted by popular uprising
2001: Imprisoned after stand-off with police; extradited to The Hague three months later
Mr Milosevic, spending his first full day in custody in The Hague, will make his first appearance before the tribunal next Tuesday.

It will be several months before his full trial begins, to give his defence lawyers time to prepare his case.

After arriving by helicopter at the detention centre, Mr Milosevic was given a medical check-up, and told of the charges he is facing in relation to the mass killing of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.

His legal team told the BBC that he had phoned his wife, Mira Markovic, on Friday, and had denounced the charges against him as being completely political.

A BBC correspondent in The Hague says that for now, Mr Milosevic is being kept in a single cell in comfortable conditions, where he will able to speak to his wife by telephone every day, watch satellite television and take exercise.

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