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    Assalamu alaikum, Milosevic s arrest ends tense standoff http://cbc.ca/cgi-bin/view?/news/2001/03/31/milosevic_arrest01331 BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA - Police
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2001
      Assalamu'alaikum,

      Milosevic's arrest ends tense standoff

      http://cbc.ca/cgi-bin/view?/news/2001/03/31/milosevic_arrest01331

      BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA - Police arrested former Yugoslav president Slobodan
      Milosevic before dawn Sunday and handed him over to a judge, the
      government has confirmed. The arrest ended a 26-hour standoff.

      INDEPTH: Slobodan Milosevic

      Branislav Ivkovic, a close aide to Milosevic, said the former dictator
      voluntarily surrendered "to include himself in the legal procedure."
      Five shots were heard during the arrest but it appears no one was injured.

      A convoy of five cars whisked Milosevic to Belgrade's central prison, away
      from the villa where he and his heavily armed gates had holed up.

      Milosevic had vowed not to be taken alive. But his surrender came as
      police appeared to prepare for a raid. Officers wearing masks and wielding
      machine guns had gathered near the villa.

      Hundreds of police pushed back Milosevic supporters who had been
      protesting outside the compound all day.

      Charged with corruption

      Serbia has charged Milosevic with abuse of power and corruption that cost
      the state about $100 million US.

      It's believed the Belgrade authorities do not intend to send him to the UN
      War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague which has indicted him for atrocities
      committed in Kosovo.

      Milosevic responded to the corruption allegations Saturday in a radio
      interview: "Whoever has any evidence about this can take this money as my
      gift. I never (had) any accounts."

      Two failed arrest attempts

      The drama began to unfold on Friday afternoon with the filing of the
      corruption charges.

      Within a few hours, masked special police firing stun grenades advanced on
      Milosevic's compound. They were met with resistance from inside the villa.

      Another attempt during the night turned into a gun battle between police
      and Milosevic's guards. Two people were hurt.

      The dramatic events began on the same day as an ultimatum set by the U.S.
      was about to take effect: if Milosevic wasn't in custody by March 31, the
      U.S. would cut off about $100 million US in aid.

      Earlier on Saturday, Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica was clear his
      his predecessor would be caught.

      "If the state is to survive, no one can be untouchable," Kostunica said.

      "No man, not even Slobodan Milosevic, is worth a civil conflict and
      bloodshed."

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