Monday, July 07, 2008


BELGRADE, Serbia (Map, News) - U.S. officials met the parents and lawyer of a Serb basketball player accused of severely beating a schoolmate to urge his return to the United States to face justice, the U.S. embassy said Monday. See Miladin Kovacevic's INTERPOL international wanted poster, click here or photo. Interpol has issued a "red warrant" for the arrest of Miladin Kovačević, accused of assaulting a fellow student in the U.S. That effectively means that all the organization's signatory states are obliged to arrest him. Interpol's website states that Kovačevič is wanted for crimes against "life and health". The warrant was issued following a ruling by Broome District Court in Binghamton, New York

Miladin Kovacevic, (DOB June 15th 1987) who played at Binghamton University in upstate New York, is accused of repeatedly kicking fellow student Bryan Steinhauer, 22, in the head during a May 4 fight. Steinhauer remains in critical condition.

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."

See Broome County bail receipt and partial Binhamton police report at this link, click here.

Miladin Kovacevic favorite band (photo above) is Pro Pain is a new York City hard core heavy metal death "Skinhead" band now playing in Europe that fits the Neo Nazi profile, see one of their videos here , "IN FOR THE KILL" .

Quote'.. MUSIC AMERICA...Have you noticed much change in your (Pro Pain) fan base over the years?
GARY MESKIL.... No, I don't think so. There is a mix of kids in the crowd ranging from the more younger punks and skinheads, backpackers I guess you would call them, to old school hard core to old school metal. Just regular guys. I think it is a nice mix. I think it is because we don't have that mentality of being some type of subculture or a gang mentality. We don't alienate our audience and I think it has shown over the years that if you are an old school metal head, you are not going to be reluctant to go down to a PRO-PAIN show.

Kovacevic fled to his native Serbia on June 9th 2008 after he was freed on $100,000 bail. That touched off a diplomatic crisis between Serbia and U.S. officials demanding his return. "Representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia met jointly with the parents of Miladin Kovacevic and their attorney on July 6th at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Belgrade," a U.S. Embassy statement said Monday.... See Video of the "meeting" click here.

"The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the current situation regarding the flight of Miladin Kovacevic, who has been charged with assault in the State of
New York and to answer questions from the family regarding the U.S. judicial process and the ramifications for Mr. Kovacevic of his flight from the U.S.," the statement said.

Kovacevic's parents claimed their son is innocent and that Steinhauer started the fight in a drunken state. "He did not hit or kick Bryan Steinhauer," father Petar Kovacevic told reporters in Belgrade, adding that his son just separated others who were involved in the brawl.

Kovacevic's mother Branka, who was in the U.S. when he fled, said that they decided to leave after receiving unspecified "telephone threats." She said that her Serb Thug Son, Miladin Kovacevic, is currently "depressed" and that it was not clear when he would return to normal life (neither will Bryan Steinhauer). 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.

New York congressmen have asked

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to pressure Serbia to return him. Last week, the U.S. government asked the Serbian Foreign Ministry to send Kovacevic back to America for trial, but Serbian officials have said they want to see the case against him so they can consider whether he should be tried in a Serb court instead.

Serbia's laws do not allow the extradition of its citizens to the United States. Two Serbian consulate employees in New York were accused of giving Kovacevic emergency travel documents that helped him leave the country.

Meanwhile, two Bosnian nationals accused of taking part in the fight together with Kovacevic will stay in jail for the time being.

Broome County Court Judge Martin Smith wants more information before deciding whether to set bail for Sanel Softic, 21, and Edin Dzubur, 24. They face felony counts of assault and gang assault in connection with the May 4 attack on Steinhauer, who remains in a coma.

Bill Warner
Private investigator
WBI Inc Private Detective Agency
Sarasota Fl

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