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Law OKs Arrest of Milosevic Aides

April 11, 2002

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BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ The Yugoslav Parliament adopted a landmark bill Thursday that removes legal obstacles for the arrest and extradition of top associates of former President Slobodan Milosevic and other suspects to the U.N. war crimes tribunal.

The extradition law _ which applies to about 20 suspects hiding in Yugoslavia _ was approved in the 138-seat lower chamber of the parliament with 80 votes for and 39 against. Other deputies were absent. On Wednesday, the 40-seat upper house of the assembly also passed the law.

Those likely to be extradited first are top Milosevic associates indicted along with the former Yugoslav president in connection with Kosovo atrocities. They include Gen. Dragoljub Ojdanic, a former army commander; Nikola Sainovic, a former security adviser; and Vlajko Stojiljkovic, a former Serbian interior minister.

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