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New warrant for Milosevic's wife
Mirjana Markovic pictured in 2001
Mrs Markovic fears she will be arrested if she returns
Serbian authorities have issued a new arrest warrant for the wife of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Mirjana Markovic, who is believed to have fled to Russia in 2003, failed to appear at a Belgrade court to face corruption charges.

An international warrant was revoked in June after her lawyers promised she would attend the hearing.

But Zdenko Tomanovic, for Mrs Markovic, said she did not turn up because a national warrant was still in force.

She is accused of giving government-owned apartments to her grandson's nanny and to Communist Party officials.

Slobodan Milosevic has been in custody at the International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague since 2002.

He faces more than 60 counts including charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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