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Ex-Yugoslav Politician Milos Minic Dies

September 5, 2003

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) _ Milos Minic, a former top Communist Party official who served as state prosecutor at the trial of a key anti-communist leader in the former Yugoslavia, died Friday. He was 89.

Minic died in Belgrade, the independent news agency Beta reported. No cause of death was given.

Minic was a close associate of former Yugoslav communist dictator Josip Broz Tito, who took power in the six-republic federation after World War II and ruled it until he died in 1980.

Minic joined Tito’s Communist Party in 1936 and fought in its units against the Nazis during World War II. After the war, Minic became the state prosecutor and held that post until 1950.

Minic was instrumental in the prosecution of the WWII Serbian guerrilla and anti-communist leader Dragoljub Mihajlovic, who was sentenced for alleged treason and executed by the communist authorities in 1945.

Minic also held other top positions in the former Yugoslavia, including heading the Serbian government and the republic’s parliament.

No information on survivors or funeral arrangements was immediately available.

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