Mladic, Karadzic and now…Miladin Kovacevic?

by Limbic on June 28, 2008

“Who the hell is Miladin Kovacevic,” you might ask, “A war criminal?”

Not quite, he is a Serb college basketball player involved in the horrific beating of a fellow student in a New York State town who was then helped to escape the USA and return to Serbia by a Serbian diplomat.

The US government is justifiably outraged at this gross abuse of privilege and obstruction of justice.

Serbs everywhere should be outraged that that their own government have not just obstructed justice (bad enough) but tarnished the Serbian diplomatic corp as corrupt criminals who abuse diplomatic privileges to help known fugitives escape justice and they have helped reinforce the Serbs-as-violent-thugs stereotype by making sure this dreadful story of alleged Serb thuggery is front page news becuase of the Serbian state’s involvement, albeit just one corrupt individual.

The whole sorry affair revolves around a violent bar fight on the night of May 5th 2008 in the University town of Binghamton in upstate New York.

Here is one account of what happened:

It was the wee hours of Sunday morning at the Rathskeller, a popular hangout for Binghamton college kids, and pretty Melissa Cartagena felt an unwelcome hand on her body.

It was just a grope – but it was late, the guys were drunk and soon things got out of hand.

The scene was a birthday party with a Studio 54 theme, the dance floor was full, graduation was two weeks off.

Among the many revellers was Bryan Steinhauer, a senior honors student with a slight build and a bright future.

Miladin Kovacevic was there, too. The sophomore basketball player, a burly 6-foot-9 and 260 pounds, towered above Steinhauer and the rest of the crowd. The jock and the aspiring accountant traveled in different campus circles – but they found themselves in an uncomfortably small space inside the bar on State St.

Ann Pesahovitz and Lauren Levy, standing just off the dance floor, noticed the mismatched duo. A baby blue shirt covered Steinhauer’s 135-pound physique. He stood a full foot shorter than Kovacevic, who was dressed in black.

It was about 1:20 a.m. on May 4. There was a commotion and “a lot of yelling,” Levy recalled, apparently after someone groped Cartagena – a pretty Binghamton University sophomore with Kovacevic’s group.

The dark-haired beauty wasn’t there with the ballplayer; she was with boyfriend, Sanel Softic, a 21-year-old wanna-be state trooper who claims he never laid a hand on the victim.

Kovacevic took it upon himself to defend her honor – though it was not clear who groped Cartagena. Seconds later, Steinhauer wasn’t standing; then he wasn’t getting up. The bespectacled senior was battered to the dance floor. Witnesses recalled the big man’s foot thudding into the smaller student’s torso. And then his head.

Over and over.

Steinhauer – his cheeks shattered, his skull fractured, his brain swelling – was defenseless, his body motionless.

Pesahovitz said the violence ended as abruptly as it began. “He just stopped kicking the victim,” she told police, “and left.”

[From Binghamton University student at heart of Miladin Kovacevic’s attack ]

Kovacevic was arrested a few hours later and spent several weeks behind bars. This is where the sad and brutal story of a violent bar fight becomes a cause celebre and yet another PR disaster for Serbs and Serbia.

Kovacevic was still behind bars when June arrived, although his parents – doctors in their homeland – were working with Serb diplomats to get his bail posted.

At a June 6 hearing, Serbian diplomat Igor Milosevic and the suspect’s mother arrived in Broome County Court with $20,000 cash and an $80,000 money order.

“Standard diplomatic practice,” Serbian Consulate General Slobodan Nenadovic said later.

Kovacevic surrendered his passport, and the local judge instructed him to stay in Broome County pending trial on a felony assault charge.

Just before 6 p.m., the hulking hoopster left the courthouse. Within 72 hours, Kovacevic had left the country – with a new, hastily-issued replacement passport. A high-ranking Serbian government official said Kovacevic’s mother, Branka, wept and begged until Milosevic provided the get-out-of-jail-free card – an emergency document.

Kovacevic flashed the paperwork to board a Lufthansa flight out of Newark. His mother was on the flight with him.

His deception was discovered only when county officials became concerned that he might jump bail. They notified customs officials at the Canadian border that Kovacevic could try to enter the country without a passport.

A check of his status showed Kovacevic was gone. So was Milosevic; officials at the Serbian consulate in Manhattan said he was on vacation as the beating exploded into an international cause celébrè.

Milosevic, his career in tatters, slipped back into Serbia Friday to receive a likely pink slip and possible criminal trial.

Kovacevic was hiding out in his homeland.

[From Binghamton University student at heart of Miladin Kovacevic’s attack ]

The Serbian government (wait, Serbia does not have a government yet!) now have an opportunity to show their maturity and International standing by swiftly correcting the “mistakes” by their Consulate in New York.

Despite what his parents say about the tabloid media bias against him (which does appear to be true), Miladin Kovacevic must return to the USA to face justice. The US courts will take full account of the media circus and careful jury selection by a competent lawyer will ensure a fair trial. Anything less than this and he becomes just another excuse to smear Serbs. And anyway, it is the right thing to do.

Igor Milosevic, the diplomat who “was swayed by a mother’s tears” needs to face the consequences of his stupidity. In a sense he is even more responsible that Kovacevic because he knowingly helped an accused man escape custody and violate the terms of his parole. This is a crime. Diplomats do have immunity in their territories they are stationed, but they are not above national law. At the very least Mr Milosevic should be fired (if it can be proved he was merely stupid). If there is any suggestion of bribe or mens rea, he should face criminal charges here in Serbia.

He completely violated diplomatic accords and brought shame and disrepute upon his country – the very opposite of a diplomat’s mission. An example to any other diplomats “swayed by a mother’s tears” might be well advised.

See also:

Bar fight in upstate New York turns into international incident as Serbian suspect flees – Associated Press
Thug Life: Finding Miladin Kovacevic – NY Post

Serbian diplomat Igor Milosevic punished for aiding Miladin Kovacevic – NY Daily News

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Ana July 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm

And where is the justice for Serbs who are victims in the all Blakan wors. How USA is not ashamed to talk about justice after all disasters they done through the world? They grebbed Kosovo from Serbia they broke International law and they still talk about justice. They solgers are rapping through Iraq and killing children and thay still talk about justice. In one word they sre discasting. Thay don’t have dignity and pride. They supported militant Islam and terrorism through Bosnia and Kosovo and they still have “honor” to talk about justice. I just hope that one day USA will face the justice for all awfull things they done through the world.


Dragan Zebeljan July 18, 2008 at 5:39 am

Well, the Serbian Government has not been yet formed after the elections, but for a good reason: we do not want to have a moron for a President and senators who are making a bar brawl to an international “case” and chasing people with the help of Interpol.

You, Americans are the worst nation in the world.

Long live free SERBIA !


Frederick Alexander Jones July 25, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Mr. Miladin Kovacevic will be tried in the darkest courtroom in the history of mankind. Forget about popular American fantasy television: the truth is almost the opposite. Indeed, during many previous decades the American federal government has brazenly refused to use the appropriate laws to protect “persons” from the very frequent willful deprivations of fundamental procedural due process rights (i.e. the criminal civil rights laws : 18 USC,sect.s 241, 242). See, also, In New York State such criminal conduct is most outrageous.
Indeed, all electronic recording devices will be strictly forbidden by law, i.e., section 52 of the Civil Rights Law of the State of New York.
The zionists who plainly control all the reporting will order the most treasonist frauds to be routinely reported to the public, and the AP and the court reporter will slavishly obey. See,
May I also add that my website can convince the honest that such courts are infinitely worse than most people can imagine.


Danilo in Vancouver July 27, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Hey guys. Let’s stay on topic, hey?

This is about someone beating someone half his size into a coma and a government representative aiding a fugitive.


Mike September 15, 2008 at 1:00 am

Aiding a fugitive? By the laws of USA american citizens cannot be judged in other countries,so is there any reason why we shouldn’t apply the same method? This text is ridiculous,on several occasions reminding the reader of how unfair this ‘fight’ was,as if this is a biblical text of David and Goliath. I would’ve done the same thing,he was even that polite that he actually gave a second chance to that drunken lowlife,who couldn’t control his primitive urges. He might be half Miladins size but he’s surely 3 times the douche…


andre September 24, 2008 at 6:21 pm

you yanks think of him as a war criminal like you think of all serbs. we dont care. we dont need US support. the US has bigger problems anyway with degenerate psychos that go around killing everyone in schools, terrorists, pedofiles, gays, transexuals, tornadoes, floods, financial crisis, hatrid from other countries etc. america is pretty fucked up 🙂


Naisus99 October 28, 2008 at 11:07 am

Bush, Cheney – all Americans?

Stupid and uneducated nation. You are going to talk about roules and justice!?!

What were you aiming to achieve with this comment?

It’s better for all Americans to stay away from Europe – especially from Serbia!

Stir in your own Shit – it will be better for you!


Dragoljub Dimitrijevic October 28, 2008 at 11:42 pm

One thing needs to be emphasized here… “Mr.” Miladin IS NOT a Serbian! He is of Montenegrian nationality and only has a residence in Serbia! Two of his best friends involved in the incident are Bosnian muslims! This very well reflects the fact that the Serbian government is a corrupt bunch of Bosnian and Montenegrian “brotherhoods” who are always ready to stand for one of their own, no matter what the price of such doing might be or how irrational it is! It’s a safe bet that, should this character had been of Serbian nationality, he’d already be serving his time without any “help” from a sympathetic diplomat!


Drew September 30, 2009 at 2:54 am

Um, pro-Serbia folk? If I recall, it was YOUR country that invaded other providences in Yugoslavia, blew it all to hell, and ended up killing over 200,000 people (mass graves for men, etc.)

Funny how quickly you forget that. It was a long time ago. I mean, 10 whole years! You’re lucky Kosovo was taken; I would have taken it all from you for killing so many people, so consider yourselves lucky.


Dennis Michaels October 17, 2009 at 7:40 pm

This is a crying shame. How is Steinheier doing? Why did this thug get out on only 100k in bail money? The amount should have been 500k or 1 million dollars, much more difficult to achieve and more likely some bounty hunter(s) would drag this big thug back to the states here.

Unfortunately all this incident does for Serbia is underscore what many folks across the globe (at least those that know who or what Serbia is) think is true, they are a country full of thugs, bullies and criminals. Now I know that this statement is not true as the majority of Serbians are good hard working and intelligent people, but the reputationis otherwise.



Jill Starr January 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Irrefutable Proof ICTY Is Corrupt Court/Irrefutable Proof the Hague Court Cannot Legitimately Prosecute Karadzic Case
(The Documentary Secret United Nations ICC Meeting Papers Scanned Images)

This legal technicality indicates the Hague must dismiss charges against Dr Karadzic and others awaiting trials in the Hague jail; like it or not.

Unfortunately for the Signatures Of the Rome Statute United Nations member states instituting the ICC & ICTY housed at the Hague, insofar as the, Radovan Karadzic, as with the other Hague cases awaiting trial there, I personally witnessed these United Nations member states openly speaking about trading judicial appointments and verdicts for financial funding when I attended the 2001 ICC Preparatory Meetings at the UN in Manhattan making the iCTY and ICC morally incapable trying Radovan Karazdic and others.

I witnessed with my own eyes and ears when attending the 2001 Preparatory Meetings to establish an newly emergent International Criminal Court, the exact caliber of criminal corruption running so very deeply at the Hague, that it was a perfectly viable topic of legitimate conversation in those meetings I attended to debate trading verdicts AND judicial appointments, for monetary funding.

Jilly wrote:*The rep from Spain became distraught and when her country’s proposal was not taken to well by the chair of the meeting , then Spain argued in a particularly loud and noticably strongly vocal manner, “Spain (my country) strongly believes if we contribute most financial support to the Hague’s highest court, that ought to give us and other countries feeding it financially MORE direct power over its decisions.”

((((((((((((((((((((((((( ((((((((((((((((((((((((( Instead of censoring the country representative from Spain for even bringing up this unjust, illegal and unfair judicial idea of bribery for international judicial verdicts and judicial appointments, all country representatives present in the meeting that day all treated the Spain proposition as a ”totally legitimate topic” discussed and debated it between each other for some time. I was quite shocked!
The idea was “let’s discuss it.” “It’s a great topic to discuss.”

Some countries agreed with Spain’s propositions while others did not. The point here is, bribery for judicial verdicts and judicial appointments was treated as a totally legitimate topic instead of an illegitimate toic which it is in the meeting that I attended in 2001 that day to establish the ground work for a newly emergent international criminal court.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

In particular., since “Spain” was so overtly unafraid in bringing up this topic of trading financial funding the ICC for influence over its future judicial appointments and verdicts in front of every other UN member state present that day at the UN, “Spain” must have already known by previous experience the topic of bribery was “socially acceptable” for conversation that day. They must have previously spoke about bribing the ICTY and
ICC before in meetings; this is my take an international sociological honor student. SPAIN’s diplomatic gesture of international justice insofar as, Serbia, in all of this is, disgusting morally!


I remind everyone, when I attended those ICC Preparatory Meetings in 2001, witnessing first hand the country plenipotentiary representatives present with me discussing so openly, trading judicial funding of a new international criminal court, for its direct judicial appointments and judicial verdicts, those same state powers were


those same countries and people were already simultaneously, funding the already established ICTY which was issuing at that time, arrest warrants for Bosnian Serbs under false primary diplomatic pretenses.

The ICTY and ICC is just where it should be for once. Cornered and backed into and an international wall, scared like a corned animal (and I bet it reacts in the same way a rabid cornered animal does too in such circumstances). (ICTY associates)
(Documents: Hague war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has destroyed all material evidence about the monsterous KLA Albanian/KLA organ trade in Kosovo).

I believe strongly that ICYU assocaites murdered former Serb President, Slobodan Milosevic, tried to murder me, as well and other Serbs prisoners and presently places , Doctor Radovan Karadzic’s life in direct danger as well as Ratko Mladic’s life
in danger should he be brought there.

The ICTY has no other choice than to halt all further court proceedings against, Doctor Radovan Karadzic, and others there both serving sentences and awaiting trials. Miss JIll Louise Starr (The UN Security Council has no choice but to act on this now).

I accuse the Hague ICTY war crimes tribunal of attempted assassination on my life and others, contempt of court and obstruction of international justice and “international witness tampering” in complicity with Richard Holbrook and Bill Clinton (Former US President of the USA) as well as political players in Spain and the Netherlands .

I represented the state interests’ of the Former Yugoslavia, in Darko Trifunovic’s absence in those meetings and I am proud to undertake this effort on Serbia’s behalf.


Jill Starr January 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm

What It’s Like to Chill Out With Whom the World Considers the Most Ruthless Men in the World Ratko Mladic, Radovan Karadzic and Goran Hadzic (+) Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator

Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand. Mladic, a man considered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at large and currently having a five million dollar bounty on his head for genocide by the international community. Yet there I was with my two best friends at the time, a former Serbian diplomat, his wife, and Ratko Mladic just chilling. There was no security, nothing you’d ordinarily expect in such circumstances. Referring to himself merely as, Sharko; this is the story of it all came about.
(Read My Entire Book Here For Free Now).


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