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    Macedonia s ex-minister held for killing Asians ... ZAGREB, Aug 31: The Croatian police on Tuesday arrested a former Macedonian interior minister accused of
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      Macedonia's ex-minister held for killing Asians
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      ZAGREB, Aug 31: The Croatian police on Tuesday arrested a former
      Macedonian interior minister accused of ordering the murder of six
      Pakistani and one Indian nationals who were made to look like
      militants bent on attacking Western targets.

      "Because of well-founded suspicion that he committed murder, police
      have arrested Ljube Boskovski today," state news agency Hina
      reported. Boskovski, who served as Macedonian interior minister until
      late 2002, also has Croatian citizenship. He fled to Croatia in May
      when Macedonian authorities charged him and six former members of
      security forces with murder.

      The accused are charged with smuggling the migrants into Macedonia
      from Bulgaria, murdering them in a staged ambush and altering the
      crime scene to make them appear as if they were armed militants
      intent on attacking Western embassies.

      The aim was to ingratiate Macedonia with the West by showing it was
      doing its bit in the US-led war on terror. The victims were killed in
      March 2002. Under local law, Croatian citizens cannot be extradited
      for trial to another country. Macedonia formally asked Zagreb this
      week to put Boskovski on trial.

      Boskovski has to be questioned and brought before an investigative
      judge, Hina said. The judge would decide if he would be held in
      custody and if charges would be pressed.

      Boskovski has lived openly in his house in the northern Istrian
      peninsula, where he was arrested on Tuesday, and has given several
      interviews to Croatian media, denying all charges. At the time of
      murders, the interior ministry had said that the migrants had opened
      fire after police ordered them to stop in a rural area north of
      Skopje. -Reuters

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top16.htm&date=20040901

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