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Yugoslavia asks court to start extradition process for Milosevic

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) – Yugoslav authorities, in consultation with the Serbian government, asked a court Monday to begin extradition procedures for former President Slobodan Milosevic, sought by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

The state-run Tanjug news agency cited a statement from the government of Serbia, the main Yugoslav republic, as saying that Yugoslav Justice Minister Momcilo Grubac presented Belgrade District Court with a demand from the U.N tribunal to surrender Milosevic.

Concrete cooperation with the U.N. court has begun with Grubac’s move, the government statement said.

The move came just one day after a Yugoslav government decree permitting the extradition of citizens came into force, removing legal obstacles to Milosevic’s extradition to The Hague tribunal.

Earlier in the day, lawyers for Milosevic asked the Constitutional Court to rule against the decree governing extraditions, saying it was illegal. But barring a ruling by that court declaring the decree unconstitutional, Belgrade District Court is free to decide on Grubac’s request.

Milosevic, in a Belgrade prison since April 1 for investigations of abuse of power and corruption, is sought by the U.N. tribunal for alleged involvement in atrocities committed in Kosovo during the crackdown of the Serbian province’s majority ethnic Albanian population that ended two years ago.

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