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Friday, 21 December, 2001, 11:19 GMT
Milosevic complains to Euro court
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Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in the latest stage of his attempt to be freed from detention in The Hague.

He accuses the Netherlands of violating the European Convention on Human Rights by refusing to hear his legal arguments that he is being detained illegally.

Mr Milosevic has been held in the Netherlands since he was handed over to the UN war crimes tribunal by the Serbian authorities in June.

His lawyers have argued that he cannot legally be detained there because his arrest in Belgrade violated Yugoslav law.

They have also suggested that the tribunal itself is illegal - because it was created by the UN Security Council, not the General Assembly - and that this negates the agreement between the Dutch Government and the UN granting the tribunal international jurisdiction.

On 31 August, a Dutch judge ruled that Dutch courts were not competent to hear Mr Milosevic's complaints.

The former Yugoslav president says his rights have been violated under five articles of the European Convention, including the right to liberty and security, the right to a fair trial, and freedom of expression.

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