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Yesterday, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) indicted and issued international arrest warrants for Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and four other senior Yugoslav and Serb officials, including Serb President Milan Milutinovic. Each of the five has been accused with three counts of crimes against humanity and one count of violating the laws or customs of war. Specifically they are charged with committing atrocities in Kosovo against ethnic Albanians, including murder, deportation, and persecution on political, racial, or religious grounds. Authorities in Belgrade stated that Yugoslavia will not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICTY. US State Department officials fear that the 41-page indictment could complicate negotiations for a peaceful settlement in Kosovo. And some diplomats claim that the charges only bolster NATO's reasoning for continued bombing campaigns over the former Yugoslavia. Milosevic is the first acting head of state indicted for war crimes. If apprehended and convicted, the five accused could be imprisoned for life, the maximum sentence. However, since its inception in 1993, only six of the 84 suspects publicly indicted by the UN court have been convicted and sentenced. The sites listed provide information about the indictments.

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