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Prominent Serbian human rights activist dies

April 29, 1997

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Vladan Vasilijevic, a Serbian human rights activist and fierce critic of President Slobodan Milosevic, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 64.

Vasilijevic was stricken during a discussion in Belgrade City Hall on human rights in Yugoslavia.

Vojin Dimitrijevic, a legal expert who was at the gathering, said: ``Vladan probably died the way he wished _ calling harshly and without compromise for respect for human rights.″

An expert in criminal and international law, Vasilijevic was one of the intellectuals who criticized Serbia’s role in the wars in Croatia and Bosnia. He was a frequent harsh critic of Milosevic, and often wrote analyses of events in Serbia for foreign publications.

Vasilijevic also denounced close ties between Milosevic and the Serbian underworld. He demanded closer cooperation with the U.N. war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia, based in the Hague, Netherlands.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.