July 8th 2008 18:12 Source: Beta
BELGRADE -- The father of Serbian student Miladin Kovačević says that his son is innocent of the charges he is wanted for by the U.S.
Branka Kovačević, Veselin Cerović, Petar Kovačević (photo L to R).
Petar Kovacevic along with wife Branka and Miladin's lawyer Veselin Cerovic, spoke in a news conference in Belgrade today. He said that his son tried to separate students who were fighting in a bar in New York state and did not “hit or kick Bryan Steinhauer,“ who was seriously injured.
Miladin was arrested over the assault and released on bail before he fled the U.S. and returned to Serbia. Kovačević’s parents today claimed that reports filed by local police at the scene prove the innocence of their son and that the help which the Serbian Consulate-General in New York provided for their son was “in accordance with the law.“
The Kovačevićs said that they have been threatened and pressured and that they are afraid for their son and daughter’s lives. Branka Kovačević, who was in America at the time of the incident, added that no one informed her officially as a parent that her son had been taken into prison for participating in a bar fight, but that they were notified of it through friends.
She said that her son, who is a student at New York state’s Binghamton University, experienced “serious torture“ while in prison, after being thrown in with “the worst criminals“, and received death threats.
Branka also told reporters that Miladin was also not allowed to talk to a lawyer, and decided to leave the U.S. after receiving threatening phone calls, adding that he is currently “in his place of residence”. “We realized that we had to go. It was better to die on the way or disappear together than to disappear over there,” she said.
According to her, Steinhauer has since left the hospital with his condition improving. Kovačević’s parents claim that the reporting in the American media about their son and the fight at the student bar “is not based on the real events“ and that Steinhauer “started the conflict by attacking the girlfriend of one of Miladin’s friends“.
The American ambassador to Serbia said Wednesday ,7/16/08, brutally beaten college student, Bryan Steinhauer, was in grim shape and implored the Serbian government to hand over the hulking fugitive charged in the case. Bryan Steinhauer of Brooklyn "weighs less than 99 pounds and is unable to eat" or speak, Ambassador Cameron Munter said in a stinging statement. "He remains in a coma after 2-1/2 months." Munter was countering recent reports in the Serbian media that suggested Steinhauer, 22, was in good condition after he was pummeled on May 4 at a Binghamton University bar, allegedly by Miladin Kovacevic. "This was not an ordinary bar fight," the ambassador said. "As he lay on the floor, Steinhauer was repeatedly kicked in the face and head, to the point where he had multiple fractures on both sides of his face and his skull."
"Our son interfered to separate those who took part in the fight," Petar Kovačević said, adding that Steinhauer, who was drunk at the time, attacked Miladin, who in turn "pushed him away". According to him, Miladin is depressed over everything that has happened. The family attorney, Veselin Cerović, who spoke in the same news conference, said that "any possibility of Miladins's extradition has been ruled out", since there is no legal ground for this.
Cerović said that a U.S. embassy official in Belgrade he spoke to could not tell him what the charges against his client are. He added that there is no description of the act that Kovačević is blamed for, that witness testimonies are contradictory, while "the whole case is gaining huge proportions because of political statements". My client told me that he did not flee to hide from justice, but because he doesn't believe in the American justice system," lawyer Veselin Cerovic told reporters in Belgrade. Cerovic also claimed his client, 20-year-old Miladin Kovacevic, was subjected to "torture and disdain" while in police custody in Binghamton, N.Y., saying inmates and guards called the player a "damned Serb."
The bizarre statements of Branka Kovacevic are so totally distorted and fabricated to be down right laughable, BUT since she is a well known Doctor, her husband is a well known Doctor linked to the Serbian Government and to the Police and their attorney is internationally known "the lawyer for brawler Miladin Kovacevic is familiar with defending thugs - his rogues' gallery of a client list includes the "Butcher of Belgrade", Slobodan Milosevic", that the International Press is going to believe her and think the Broome County Jail in Binghamton NY is another Abu Ghraib.
THE TRUTH..May 7, 2008 article "It is a difficult case because the man we have arrested, Miladin Kovacevic, has a lawyer, Veselin Cerovic, and is not talking to us and we can't at this time talk to the victim," Detective Lt. John Chapman of the Binghamton Police Bureau said. Police are interviewing people who were in the bar and had not determined whether others were involved in the incident (on Sunday morn May 4th), he said. Kovacevic had already left the club when Binghamton police arrived. He eventually was discovered on the Binghamton University campus and detained by campus police until Binghamton detectives arrived to take him into custody, police said. He was booked at 2:42 a.m. Sunday May 4th and sent to the city lockup, where he remained until his arraignment Monday morning in city court. He was sent to the Broome County Jail without bail, not State Prison.
Miladin Kovacevic had run-ins with the cops in Kula and Novi Sad Serbia before he came to Binghmaton NY, his mother Branka and the high priced Serbian Criminal Defense Attorney Veselin Cerovic had kept him out of jail see here.
Miladin Kovacevic (who speaks 4 languages) knew the deal when he was arrested on May 4th 2008, don't talk to the cops and lawyer up, he did and he had International criminal defense lawyer Veselin Cerovic on speed dial, funny, I thought he was a college basketball player.
The disgraced diplomat who helped a Serbian jock flee the U.S. after the vicious beating of a Brooklyn student skulked into his homeland - facing criminal charges. The diplomat, absent since hulking hoopster Miladin Kovacevic jumped $100,000 bail with his help, was fired for issuing an illegal emergency passport to the SUNY-Binghamton student, a source told the Daily News.
Vice Consul Igor Milosevic was swayed by a mother's tears, he said to a high-ranking Serbian government source - although they will investigate whether a bribe was also involved. Milosevic caved after Branka Kovacevic began "crying and begging" for help in springing her son from charges of stomping a classmate into a coma in an off-campus bar. "He kept on saying he succumbed to the pressure," the source said. "She was really upset and worried." The diplomat, described as in his early 30s, issued the passport after traveling with the mother to bail her son out of the Broome County jail, Kovacevic was released on June 6 when his parents posted the $100,000 bail through the Serbian consulate's office in New York City.
Branka Kovacevic, a psychiatrist, said she urged her son to flee the U.S. after he was bailed out "because it had become a media circus where his voice was not being heard."
Branka Kovacevic caused this whole international incident.
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