Milosevic widow, son face organized crime charges in Serbia

Milosevic widow, son face organized crime charges in Serbia

[JURIST] Slobodan Radovanovic, Serbia's top special prosecutor for organized crime, said Monday that the widow and son of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic are to be charged with running a smuggling ring. Serbia will issue an international arrest warrant in the case and their assets are expected to be frozen. Mirjana Markovic [BBC profile] and her son Marko currently reside in Russia and are also suspected of siphoning millions from state funds into foreign private accounts. The charges are the latest in a series of recent indictments against former government officials and aides under Milosevic's reign during the 1990s. Radovanovic indicted two former Milosevic aides in March, alleging that the two transferred millions in state funds to private accounts.

Last July, a Serbian court reissued an international arrest warrant [JURIST report] for Markovic because she had on multiple occasions failed to appear in court [JURIST report] to face abuse of power charges. Milosevic died from heart failure [JURIST report] in March 2006 while in detention at The Hague. AP has more. BBC News has additional coverage.