Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, October 01, 2002
Yugoslavia: Former Serbian Deputy PM Charged With Spying for U.S.
Belgrade, 30 September 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Yugoslav
military prosecutors today brought formal charges
against former Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Momcilo
Perisic for spying for the U.S.
Perisic was arrested in March for allegedly passing
military secrets to a U.S. diplomat. Perisic -- who
was army chief of staff under former Yugoslav
President Slobodan Milosevic -- denied the
Washington also denied the spying allegations at the
time and protested the detention and rough treatment
by military police of its diplomat, U.S. embassy First
Secretary John Neighbor. Yugoslavia later apologized
for Neighbor's detention.
If convicted, Perisic and two others charged today
face between three and 15 years in jail.