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Authorities seek arrest of Milosevic's wife

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2003


BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Police sought an international arrest warrant Monday for Slobodan Milosevic's wife, alleging her involvement in the killing of a political rival. She denounced the warrant as a political ploy.

Mirjana Markovic, thought to be in Russia, wrote a letter denying she had any part in the 2000 slaying of Ivan Stambolic, whose body was found in a lime-covered grave in northern Serbia last week.

"These are untrue, heinous accusations," Markovic said in the letter. "I have no connection to any criminal act."

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Zarko Korac said the warrant was part of an effort by authorities "to find the organizers and those who ordered" the abduction and killing of Stambolic. Authorities said there were "credible suspicions" of her involvement.

Psychiatrists to examine hijacker

ATHENS, Greece -- A man accused of hijacking a Turkish Airlines flight and diverting it to Greece was arraigned Monday and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Ozgur Gencarslan, 20, faces trial on three charges stemming from Friday's hijacking. The plane, with 202 people aboard, was hijacked after taking off from Istanbul and diverted to Athens.

Gencarslan, who claimed he was emotionally distraught because of family problems, allegedly used razor blades and candles disguised as dynamite to seize the plane. The passengers and crew were released in Athens after a brief standoff and no one was hurt.

Gencarslan was ordered jailed on charges of hijacking, hampering air traffic and weapons possession. No trial date was set.

Fourteen killed in Pakistani feud

MULTAN, Pakistan -- Gunmen in paramilitary uniforms killed 14 people and wounded 24 Monday in an attack police said was linked to a tribal feud in southern Pakistan.

A police officer and a government official were among those injured in the attack in the main bazaar of Kishmore, 250 miles west of the central city of Multan.

Tribal clashes are not uncommon in Pakistan's semiautonomous regions, where Pakistani security agencies have limited access and control. But Monday's casualties were unusually high.

The attack was carried out by about 35 suspected Bugti tribesmen riding in four pickup trucks, said Agha Mohammed Tahir, the district police chief.

The attack was part of a long-running feud between the Bugti and Aisani tribesmen.

Car hits British Embassy in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran -- A car crashed into the main gate of the British Embassy on Monday night, bursting into flames and killing its driver.

It was not immediately clear if the crash was a terror attack or an accident, a British foreign office spokesman said in London. Police Col. Ali Ahmadi said it appeared to be an accident.

Nobody at the embassy compound was injured, the foreign office spokesman said.

The embassy was the scene Friday of a large demonstration against the U.S.-British war with Iraq. Protesters threw stones that broke some embassy windows, and police fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd.

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