Paris, Thursday, June 22, 2000UN Prosecutor considering more charges for Milosevic
PRISTINA, Kosovo President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia, who has been indicted in connection with killings in Kosovo, might face additional charges for earlier activity in Serbian conflicts with Croats and Bosnians, the chief prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunal said Wednesday.
The prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, also announced that former commanders of the now officially disbanded ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army, which fought Mr. Milosevic's forces until a year ago, when NATO forces arrived, were also being investigated on suspicion of war crimes.
Mrs. Del Ponte, on the last day of a two-day visit to Kosovo, again denied that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia was willing to drop an indictment against Mr. Milosevic involving atrocities against Kosovo Albanians.
"My investigators will continue their forensic work in Kosovo to gather additional evidence concerning the existing indictment of Slobodan Milosevic," she told reporters. "We have no intention to withdraw this indictment. We are also investigating the criminal responsibility of Milosevic for Bosnia and Croatia."
She spoke of a "possibility of further counts" against Mr. Milosevic.
The Yugoslav leader instigated a rebellion by Serbs in Croatia and then in Bosnia in response to decisions by the non-Serbian majorities in those two republics to secede from Yugoslavia.
Mrs. Del Ponte's comments were in response to news reports that the United States was considering offering Mr. Milosevic a deal that would arrange for him to leave office undisturbed while guaranteeing his safety and financial savings.
Mrs. Del Ponte's comments about the KLA appeared calculated, at least in part, to dispel Serbian charges that the court was biased against Serbs, who have accounted for the majority of those indicted.