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28 Feb, 2008 19:30

Russia refuses to extradite Milosevic family to Serbia

Russia says it won't extradite the widow and the son of the late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to Serbia. Belgrade has issued an extradition request to Russia for Mirjana Markovic and Marko Milosevic.

They're accused of a number of frauds including tobacco smuggling during early 90s, which Serbian authorities say netted them millions of dollars.

The Milosevics, who’ve been living in Moscow for the last few years, deny all the allegations and refuse to return to Serbia to face charges.

Russia's federal migration service says Milosevic’s family was given refugee status two years ago and is now under protection of international laws.

Slobodan Milosevic died in custody at The Hague in March 2006, before a UN War Crimes Tribunal passed a verdict on his role in the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo in the 90s.