BELGRADE -- The condition of Bryan Steinhauer, assaulted 10 weeks ago by Serbian student Miladin Kovačević, is improving. Steinhauer’s parents told a press conference that he was gradually coming out of his coma, he was regaining consciousness, and that he could communicate with his eyes. The U.S. student’s mother said that it had not just been a pub brawl, but a physical assault.
“Bryan used to weigh 60 kilos. Now he weighs less than 50. The serious injuries he received were the result of repeated blows to the head. He continued to be beaten as he was lying on the floor covered in blood. He was bleeding so much that his flatmate didn’t recognize him when he was carried out of the bar,” Bryan’s mother said, click image for VIDEO Bryan Steinhauer's parents statement of 7/25/08 about their son and the Serb animal Miladin Koacevic.
Kovačević and his two accomplices were originally charged with assault, before the indictment was later extended to include first degree assault and gang attack. “First degree assault means using instruments to cause grievous bodily harm. In this case, we are talking about the footwear (NEO NAZI BOOTS) with which Bryan was kicked repeatedly by Miladin Kovacevic.
These are serious charges and the defendants may be facing sentences from five to twenty-five years in prison,” said his lawyer Irvin Rauchman. Kovačević was placed in custody after the assault, but was later released on bail, while his passport was confiscated by the New York courts. However, after receiving a new passport from the Serbian consulate in New York, Kovačević fled the U.S. and is now on the run in Serbia. An Interpol warrant was issued for Kovačević, and American officials submitted an official note to the Serbian authorities on Wednesday demanding that Kovačević be returned to the U.S. by August 1.
Two diplomats who aided Kovačević in fleeing the U.S. have been brought before the Serbian Foreign Ministry’s disciplinary commission, and will most probably face criminal charges themselves (appears that bribes were paid by the Kovacevic parents to obtain the "temporary " passport).
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