9 July 2008 10:34 Source: B92
BELGRADE -- Miladin Kovačević’s lawyer VESELIN CEROVIC claims that the warrant for his client’s arrest is not substantiated with any evidence.
Veselin Cerović also said that the legal status of Kovačević, who is wanted by the U.S. authorities for assaulting a fellow student, was not in any jeopardy.
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.
Veselin Cerovic - who has also defended Serb mobsters and neo-Nazi skinheads - says he is only working to uphold his country's laws. "I was very proud because I helped to defend Slobodan Milosevic in the Serbian courts," the brute's lawyer said.
Several neo-Nazi groups are based in the Kula & Novi Sad area of Serbia where Miladin Kovacevic is from. In 2006, Cerovic defended Predrag Milovanovic, an anti-Semitic youth who brutally attacked Israeli tourist Jariv Avram and his Serb girlfriend at a rock concert in Belgrade.
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Cerovic said that Kovacevic, a fugitive basketball player who allegedly pounded classmate, Bryan Steinhauer, 22, from Brooklyn to near-death at a Binghamton bar last May, would never return to the United States for a trial, (see Kavacevic's INTERPOL international "Red Warrant" poster, click on photos above, when will the Press admit that this is a Hate Crime).
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."
During an interview last week, Kovacevic's mother, Branka, accused the family of the beating victim, 135-pound Bryan Steinhauer a Jewish college student from Brooklyn NY, of exaggerating the extent of his injuries to collect more insurance money. (What the hell, because their Jews ?) 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.
Interpol issued a “red warrant” for Kovačević’s arrest who is charged with “crimes against life and health”. That warrant means that Kovačević cannot leave Serbia, as otherwise he will be arrested and deported to the United States.
Cerović told B92 News that it was unusual for a “red warrant” to be issued in such a case. He said that his client had gone through hell while in custody. "Initially he was insulted on a national basis, as a Serb, that he was a Serb monster who had beaten up a fellow student.
"He was badly abused by both prisoners and prison officers alike,” Cerović said (this appears to be a lie) . Law Professor Milan Škulić said that the Serbian authorities would have to act in line with the Interpol warrant and arrest Kovačević. However, Serbian laws do not allow extradition of a Serbian citizen to a foreign country, so the only logical solution, according to Škulić, would be to try Kovačević in Serbia. "I think that for him, it would be best for such proceedings to start here as soon as possible, because Serbia’s judicial system allows for our laws to be applied even for offenses committed abroad. And that is the most realistic solution.
Then, it will be up to our courts to deliver the verdict that would be most appropriate,” explained Škulić. Former ambassador to Washington Milan St. Protić said that the vice-consul had committed a misdemeanor, and that Serbia’s reputation had been severely damaged. "He lied to the court, and escaped from the country with the help of a Serbian diplomat who thus became an accomplice. He is now facing criminal charges in the U.S.,” said Protić. Meanwhile, pressures from U.S. senators continue to grow.
New York Senator Charles Schumer said that Washington would send an official request to the Serbian authorities for Kovačević’s extradition to the U.S.