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[In the following Interview, Borislav Miloshevich, brother of the jailed former President of Yugoslavia, covers several issues of broad interest. In the process, he expresses 'diplomatic' opinions of Mr. Voyislav Koshtunitsa and, to some extent, of the Bush administration. Emperor's Clothes will soon publish articles with differing views on both Bush and Koshtunitsa.]

Borislav Miloshevich, Former Ambassador To Russia, Speaks About Slobodan Miloshevich's Arrest

Vecernje Novosti [Evening News], Belgrade, April 5, 2001

* No real evidence of his guilt - Slobodan is a symbol of defiance – Clinton and Albright needed his arrest, as well as the European leaders who helped bomb and kill Serbs – Servants of foreign interests among our people also needed it to happen. *

In a democracy, it is a brother’s right to refuse to testify against his brother. It is also his right to speak out about his brother’s arrest and the allegations leveled against him.

'Novosti' therefore asked Slobodan Miloshevich’s elder brother, Borislav – until recently, Yugoslavia’s ambassador in Moscow – for an interview, and asked him how he received the news about his younger brother’s arrest.

"It was painful. I did not expect it to happen. I expected even less the increased baying of those who shamelessly and without any regard for national interest demand his extradition to the Hague Tribunal; I thought they, at least, would have been restrained by President Koshtunitsa’s authority. The arrest is even more surprising because the indictment – after all the grave accusations – accused Slobodan of abuse of power. That’s a category anyone can interpret at will. It is obvious, however, that there is no evidence of his guilt.

"The saddest thing of all," says Borislav Miloshevich, "is that Slobodan’s arrest was connected to foreign ultimatums. The arrest was undertaken on March 31, set as a deadline by the United States. Since the attempt failed, [Secretary of State] Colin Powell said Washington would not decide on the fate of aid to Yugoslavia until Monday, practically extending the deadline. Obviously, this was done to see what would happen. Had the government waited at least a few days, perhaps it could have had the right to claim everything was done of its own free will, rather than to curry the promised foreign aid. This way, the entire world has linked Slobodan’s arrest with blackmail from Washington.


Q: How would you characterize your brother’s arrest, in political terms?

Allow me to quote a maxim from the French revolution – it is more than a crime, it is a mistake. It was an act that will not bring honor to his jailers. Quite the contrary, this is a stain on both the government and the state. This arrest highlighted the divisions in our society, our government, the Army and the police. From the beginning, the entire operation was very primitive and crude, without an ounce of respect for a former head of state. Elementary respect should have dictated that the state ask Slobodan certain questions, had their investigation implicated him somehow. (1)

Q: You obviously advocate that your brother be allowed to defend himself as a free man?

Yes. It is ridiculous and illogical to justify the arrest by claiming that he would have fled the country and thus avoided a trial. How could he ever leave the country unnoticed? How could he have ever left his residence unnoticed? (2)

They could have shown at least some elementary consideration for what he was, and is, in Yugoslavia’s history – especially since he remains in charge of one of the largest parties in the country, and a symbol. His arrest will improve neither the position of our country, nor that of our people.

One cannot go far relying on the promised foreign aid. Anyway, is there a country in the world where the government does not call its political opponents to account if they had been in power for a decade? Did it matter to them that Slobodan was in power at a bad time, a time of civil wars in our neighborhood, the sanctions and the NATO aggression? Even Jacques Chirac has been subpoenaed recently by a Paris judge, to answer some questions about his tenure as that city’s mayor!

Q: What is your take on President Koshtunitsa’s latest statement, saying that your brother should not be extradited to the Hague even if the US threaten to cut off aid to FRY?

I never doubted that President Koshtunitsa is one of those people who care for morals, national pride and national interest. He is an honorable man and an honorable leader. I am certain that his position towards the Tribunal has the support of the overwhelming majority of the people. And that it is rooted in our country’s legal foundation.


Q: Russia’s Balkans expert Sergei Romanenko said that your brother’s arrest was "necessary as the only way for the Serbs to survive." Your comment?

It is necessary for certain circles in the West. I am not sure if it has much to do with the current American administration, but Clinton and Albright definitely need Slobodan Miloshevich in prison – in order to wash their hands of all the crimes they have committed, much like the European leaders who aided them in bombing and exterminating Serbs. Some among us, those who carry the torch of outside interests, see this as necessary as well. Still, the imprisonment of the former leader cannot solve the very real and growing economic, political and social problems.

This attempt to distract the people will not benefit the state in any way, nor will it make things any better, especially if it turns into repression of the opposition [socialists and nationalists] and of rival political opinions. At this moment, our country needs stability and unity above all. Let us remember that in 1945, France refused to put former quisling Petain on trial, for the sake of national unity. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, as the leader of his party and a symbol of resistance.

I do not want to compare Mandela and Slobodan, or to sound prophetic, but I do want to note that Slobodan is not that old, and that he is much more dangerous to his political opponents if he is behind bars. Though we are seeing an immense effort to smear him, history has shown that the people see a leader’s imprisonment as a penance. Respect for him is bound to grow.


Q: Do you believe your brother was plotting an armed rebellion, as some have alleged?

If their evidence is the "arsenal" in his home (which was guarded) then the rebellion would have been very small. It could have perhaps seized Uzicka street. I don’t think they will succeed in selling that to the people. Even the most anti-Serb political pundit in Russia had to admit that two days ago, despite the fact he had written dozens of attacks on my brother over the past couple of years.

Q: What do you think about the position that Slobodan Miloshevich was a dictator?

How can you have a dictatorship in a multiparty system where there are no political prisoners? Where all the strategic and important decisions were made by the Parliament? Anyway, why did the Western leaders maintain such cordial relations with the "dictator" after Dayton?! He was demonized as a 'dictator' by those who armed the Albanian terrorists and attacked a sovereign European state. They are at it still, despite the fact that Albanian terrorists metastasized to Macedonia, further destabilizing the region. Recent events confirm the necessity of fighting separatism and terrorism, which is what Slobodan had done.

Q: How do you see Carla Del Ponte’s intention to accuse your brother of 'genocide' in Bosnia?

That represents the maneuvering of foreign powers, but also the effort of the Tribunal’s staff. They need to keep their jobs, salaries and perks. I read a report saying that the lead counsel makes $19,000 a month per case, co-counsel makes $14,000 …Our [current] press paid no heed to this report of the UN Internal Oversight Administration – written, I think, in February – though it shows the ICTY’s true nature. Their budget, interestingly, is five times greater than that of the International Court of Justice, also in The Hague. No, these new accusations are just another proof that some Western circles need to keep the 'Miloshevich problem' on the burner, because he dared to defy the real dictators of today’s world. He is a symbol of defiance they want to destroy. My son, for example, is convinced that Germany is pushing for this more than others. My personal conviction is that Clinton, Albright, Solana & Co. ought to be the real indictees at The Hague…


Q: How do you see the Russian reaction to your brother’s arrest?

Russia has officially said that this was Yugoslavia’s internal matter. At the root of this position are undoubtedly some principles and an interest to maintain good relations with the new government in Belgrade. But Russian society, according to everything I’ve seen, is very much against Slobodan’s arrest. Russian politicians, including those close to [President] Vladimir Putin, such as Alexander Guror, Gennady Rakiov and others, have unanimously condemned the act, and criticized this decision of the government in Belgrade. Even those who support the arrest are opposed to extradition, such as the rightist leader Boris Nyemtsov, who has always spoken against Slobodan. Not to mention the Duma Chairman Gennady Seleznyov, or the Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, who even issued a public appeal for an international campaign of solidarity with Slobodan. (3)

Q: If your brother does go to The Hague, would you be afraid for his life – given that many Serbs there never lived to see the trial?

Of course I would! I fear for my brother’s life right now, though I hope they will treat him rationally, humanely and in accordance with law. I do hope they will grant him the right to defend himself as a free man, as someone who is 60 years old and a former head of state. I have to add that I am worried – though I have full confidence in President Koshtunitsa – that those forces in Belgrade who advocate the extradition and further humiliation for Slobodan, might prevail.

Russia has good reason to demand the Hague Tribunal’s dissolution. I am glad that Bishop Amfilohije Radovic called the Tribunal the extension of the Medieval Inquisition and said that the US and NATO were waging a Crusade – more so because the Bishop never had much sympathy for Slobodan. He also said that this Crusade was not aimed at the Muslims any more. I would add that Slobodan is targeted as a 'heretic' by the 'Church of the New World Order.'


Q: What is your take on the national identity of Orthodox citizens of Montenegro – are they Serbs, or Montenegrins? What do you think about the survival of Serbia and Montenegro’s union?

I am a Montenegrin. I consider myself a Montenegrin, but I do not think that is different from being a Serb. I consider us one people. I want that people, therefore, to have a common state, because we can achieve a lot more that way. If that state ceases to exist, I will be deeply disappointed.

Q: Would you like to answer the allegations that you took part in transferring money from the country?

Yes. Utter nonsense!


If Slobodan were extradited to The Hague [the NATO-dominated 'Criminal Tribunal'] that would constitute our admission that the NATO aggression was legitimate, and that Yugoslavia was responsible for the civil war in Bosnia. It would also mean the end of FRY, the moral and political capitulation of the nation which true patriots will never forgive. Extradition would fully justify the actions of Clinton and NATO, and help them shift the blame to their victims.


Q: You told Echo Moskvy [radio] that you were ‘certain Marko Miloshevich was not in Russia.’ Would you like to add to that?

Yes. I am convinced he is not in Russia. Also, such questions constitute an invasion of the privacy of one young man, which is no one’s business, Not even mine.

Further reading:

1) Emperor's Clothes was in direct touch via mobile phone with the unarmed civilians standing in witness during the two days in which unidentified thugs, and then thugs plus police, attacked Miloshevich's house. For our hour-by-hour report, please see:


* and 'Civilian Defenders of Miloshevich Break Through Police Lines' at

2) Slobodan Miloshevich has appealed to the court, demanding he be released from prison so he can defend himself. The appeal [NOT YET POSTED] was refused. A summary of his 'Appeal to the Court' can be read at

3) For Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov's public 'Appeal for an International Campaign' of solidarity with Slobodan Miloshevich, see

4) What exactly is this War Crimes Tribunal, with which the Yugoslav police are now supposed cooperating in a hunt for supposed war criminals? Dr. Kosta Cavoski, a distinguished Yugoslav legal scholar, has written a four-part series on the Tribunal.

Part I and Part II deal with specific cases of torture and physical destruction of Serbian leaders ('defendants'). Part III deals with the illegal birth of the Tribunal, which violated the UN constitution. Part IV deals with the Inquisition-like 'legal' methods it employs.

These texts make it clear: the Tribunal is not simply a political body, as for example Mr. Koshtunitsa says. That is, it is not simply biased. Rather it is part of a campaign aimed at the demonization and destruction of the leaders of a people to facilitate the destruction of that people - the Serbs. Both the demonization and of course the physical destruction of a people are crimes against humanity according to UN statute.

'The War Crimes Tribunal, Part I: The War Crimes Tribunal vs. Gen. Djordje Djukic '
By Dr. Kosta Cavoski at

'The War Crimes Tribunal, Part II: The Mistreatment of Col. Aleksa Krsmanovic'
By Dr. Kosta Cavoski at

'The War Crimes Tribunal, Part III: Illegal Origins'
By Dr. Kosta Cavoski at
Professor Cavoski brilliantly analyzes the legal rationale - or lack of same - behind the War Crimes Tribunal.

'The War Crimes Tribunal, Part IV: Learning from the Inquisition'
By Dr. Kosta Cavoski at
Secret witnesses and some defendants who are more equal than others. Conclusion of Dr. Cavoski's 4 part series.

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