Serbia seeking extradition of Milosevic widow, son from Russia Katerina Ossenova at 4:40 PM ET
[JURIST] Serbian Justice Minister Dusan Petrovic [official profile, in Serbian] signed an extradition request [press release] Thursday for the widow and son of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive]. Mirjana Markovic [BBC profile] and her son Marko currently reside in Russia but are wanted in Serbia on charges [JURIST report] related their alleged involvement in a cigarette smuggling ring in the early 1990s. Markovic and her son have denied the allegations but refuse to return to Serbia to face charges. A spokesman for the Russian Federal Migration Service said that Markovic and Milosevic were granted refugee status in March 2006 in accordance with a UN convention. Serbian prosecutors said earlier this month that the two could be tried in absentia [JURIST report].
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