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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Basketball player Milan Kovacevic, wanted in US for beating of Bryan Steinhauer, arrested by Serbia Police

Basketball player Milan Kovacevic, wanted in US for beating of Bryan Steinhauer, arrested by Serbia Police; So long, basketball court. Hello, prison cell. Miladin Kovacevic - the hulking hoopster who fled to Serbia after he was charged with pummeling a Brooklyn college student - was arrested Tuesday, officials said. Serbian cops nabbed Kovacevic, 21, at his home in Kula, ending his five months on the lam and his stint with a local basketball team, an official at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade said. Kovacevic, 21, had been recruited to play basketball for Binghamton University in Binghamton New York

Serbian judge ordered Kovacevic to remain imprisoned in Belgrade for at least 30 days as prosecutors build a case against him, his lawyer Borivoje Borovic said Tuesday night. American officials and New York senators praised the arrest - but insisted that Kovacevic should face justice in the U.S.

The 6-foot-9, 280-pound athlete was detained on suspicion that he inflicted "severe bodily harm" on Bryan Steinhauer, 22, at a State Street bar in Binghamton NY near the Binghamton University campus, Serbian authorities said.

Kovacevic now understands that he is not going to be allowed to play basketball and thumb his nose at American justice," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. "It doesn't mean that he will be brought here immediately. But we are not going to rest until that happens." Steinhauer, a senior honors student, was left comatose by the vicious beating and stomping inside the Rathskeller bar on May 4. Witnesses said Kovacevic kicked him repeatedly in the torso and head.

Mialdin Kovacevic's "new" lawyer is Borivoje Borovic, Accused of War Crimes, Miroslav Radic's lawyer was Borivoje Borovic. Mr. Miroslav Radic (hereinafter "the accused") requested on 5 May 2003 that Mr. Borivoje Borovic, attorney at law from Belgrade, be assigned as his defence counsel...Miroslav Radic and his soldiers are alleged to have killed at least 264 Croats and other non-Serbs taken from the Vukovar Hospital. After the massacre, the Serbian forces are reported to have buried the bodies of the victims at this same spot on 20 November 1991, Borovic got Radic off, maybe he can do the same for Mialdin Kovacevis.

Miladin Kovacevic's "old" lawyer was Veselin Cerovic - who had defended Serb mobsters, Slobodan "Butcher of Belgrade" Milosevic, neo-Nazi skinheads and now Miladin Kovacevic (the "brute") - 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. Veselin Cerovic did not get Slobodan Milosevic off, looks like the Miladin Kovacevic clan is now bringing in the "A" team.