NEW YORK (CNN) -- A fight over a woman at a college bar between a Serb-born basketball player and another man who was left in a coma -- has ignited a diplomatic crisis between Belgrade and Washington. Miladin Kovacevic, BU basketball player. Serbia agreed to cooperate in the case of Miladin Kovacevic, fled the USA June 9th after he was charged in the May 4 assault of fellow BU student at a bar in Binghamton, NY.
The fight started in the early am May 4, when Bryan Steinhauer, 22, tried to dance with the girlfriend of one of Kovacevic's friends. Witnesses said Kovacevic, who is 6-foot-9, 280 pounds, kicked the 5-foot-6, 130-pound Steinhauer repeatedly in the head as he lay on the ground. Three men, including Kovacevic, were charged with assault and gang assault and held on $100,000 bail, according to police.
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."
Kovacevic, who had been recruited to play basketball for the university, managed to flee the United States after his mother flew to New York to post bail and a Serbian consular official provided him with a temporary passport.
See CNN video here as the Steinhauer & Kovacevic parents speak out on Serbian athlete sought in assault on fellow student.
My client has told me he did not flee the country to hide from the justice system," said Veselin Cerovic, the Kovacevic's family attorney. "He does not believe in the justice system in the United States." Kovacevic's parents said their son was threatened and disdained because of his nationality and they felt they had to rescue him, that is why the Serbian athlete is sought in assault on fellow student (end CNN report).
The FOLLOWING 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, Veselin Cerovic, 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 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 also said that her son, who was 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, (he refuesd to talk to anybody) 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 (Miladin & Branka) than to disappear over there, (USA)” she said...... (which is a lie !)
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.
See additional Video here, as Branka and Petar Kovacevic, the parents of Miladin Kovacevic, speak out with their point of view..
According to her (Branka), Steinhauer has since left the hospital with his condition improving (not true). 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“. 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?)
The lawyer, Veselin Cerovic, 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.
Miladin Kovacevic favorite band is Pro Pain a New York City based hard core heavy metal death "Skinhead" band currently playing in Europe and the Balkans that fits the Neo Nazi profile, see one of their videos here , "IN FOR THE KILL"