THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tuesday, July 15th 2008, 1:54 PM
Interpol Red warrant Arrest for Miladin Kovacevic.
BELGRADE, Serbia - Miladin Kovacevic, a Serb student wanted in the United States on assault charges, signed a contract on Tuesday with a Serbian basketball club, KK Vbras, team profile here, players shown last name first, they are in the B league, the KK Vbras team e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Kovacevic, 21, had been recruited to play basketball for Binghamton University in northern New York, but fled the U.S. in early June after being charged in the severe beating of Bryan Steinhauer during a May 4 bar fight.
Belgrade's private Beta news agency said Kovacevic signed the contract to play for KK Vrbas, a local basketball club that plays in a regional Serbian B league. "The club today signed a contract with Kovacevic, and he's now our registered player," the KK Vrbas captain, Bojan Markovic, was quoted as saying by Beta.
The team "is on his side," Markovic said, adding that he expects that Kovacevic shows up for the start of the club's practice sessions on Aug. 10. "We are not afraid that America is chasing him, because we trust in our constitution and the laws of Serbia which say that none of our citizens will be extradited to another country, especially for the so-called crimes connected to him," Markovic told the daily newspaper Danas. "If he [Kovacevic] needs to be responsible in front of a court, then that court needs to be in his own country," he added. "Miladin and I speak in one voice."
On May 4, Kovacevic and two pals were arrested after they beat and stomped Steinhauer, from Brooklyn, at the Rathskeller, a popular student hangout in downtown Binghamton NY. With the aid of an emergency passport, Kovacevic fled to Serbia on June 9 after his mother, Branka, posted his $100,000 bail.
Bryan Steinhauer, 22, remains in critical condition at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY.
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."