August 7, 2004 |
A funny thing happened on the way to Athens. The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, a collection of NBA players who had shown an alarming inability to coalesce into an effective unit, turned into the Detroit Pistons. At least for one night. Coached by Larry Brown, who turned the Pistons into NBA champions last season by stressing discipline, determination and defense, the Olympians adopted that philosophy Friday night in beating Serbia and Montenegro in a warmup game in Belgrade, 78-60.
July 12, 2004 |
One of four Serb generals charged with war crimes in Kosovo said in a television appearance that turning him over to the Netherlands-based U.N. tribunal would be an act of treason. Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic led troops in the 1999 Kosovo campaign in which nearly 10,000 Kosovo Albanians were killed.
June 28, 2004 |
A pro-Western reformer won Serbia's presidential runoff election, defeating a hard-line nationalist ally of former autocrat Slobodan Milosevic. Boris Tadic received 54% of the vote. Nationalist Tomislav Nikolic got 45%, the state electoral commission said. "My hope is that Serbia will never again be led by a man who will spearhead the killing of our countrymen," Tadic said, referring to Milosevic.
June 14, 2004 |
Hard-line nationalist Tomislav Nikolic won the most votes in the election for the republic of Serbia's president but is expected to face an uphill challenge to defeat popular reformer Boris Tadic in a runoff this month. Nikolic, whose Radical Party is led by war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj, now detained in The Hague, finished first in the field of 15 with 30.1% against 27.3% for Tadic, according to projections.
May 29, 2004 |
Gunmen killed the editor of a conservative daily in Podgorica, Montenegro, witnesses and an investigative judge said. The assailants used an automatic rifle to shoot Dusko Jovanovic, editor in chief of the Dan newspaper, in the chest and head as he entered his car in front of his office. The gunmen fled. The Dan paper has been embroiled in libel lawsuits. Jovanovic was indicted last year by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague for revealing the identity of a protected witness at the court.
May 3, 2004 |
The suspected mastermind of the 2003 assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic gave himself up to Serbian police, said Miroslav Milosevic, national security chief. Former Red Berets special police commander Milorad "Legija" Lukovic, linked to a Belgrade mafia, gave himself up outside his house in a Belgrade suburb.
May 2, 2004 |
Authorities released three Jordanian police officers detained after a Kosovo prison shootout that killed three American corrections officers and an assailant, a U.N. official said. Officials are investigating whether the officers helped their commander, Sgt. Maj. Ahmed Mustafa Ibrahim Ali, as he opened fire on the Americans on April 17. But they could be detained without formal charges for only 15 days under Kosovo law.
April 29, 2004 |
An international prosecutor found no evidence linking Serbs to the drowning of three ethnic Albanian children that touched off ethnic violence in the province of Kosovo in March, a U.N. spokesman said. Prosecutor Peter Tinsley concluded that "no suspects have been identified" in the deaths in Cabra, a village about 25 miles north of the province's capital, Pristina, the spokesman said. A survivor had said the victims jumped into the river to escape Serb youths chasing them.
April 1, 2004 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell suspended about $26 million in assistance to Serbia and Montenegro on Wednesday for its refusal to hand over suspects to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague. The most prominent suspect still at large is former Bosnian Serb army commander Gen. Ratko Mladic. He was accused by the U.N. court of genocide in the deaths of about 7,000 men and boys in the Bosnian Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.
March 10, 2004 |
A landmark war crimes trial opened at Belgrade's Special Court for six Serbs accused of slaughtering 192 Croatian prisoners in the Balkan conflicts. The trial over the killings in Vukovar, Croatia, comes under a new prime minister who opposes the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague as biased against Serbs. Serbia's judiciary hopes that if the trial meets international standards, additional cases can be tried at home rather than at the U.N. tribunal.