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[ALBSA-Info] Finally - Financial Times, 18/09/2001

Agron Alibali aalibali at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 18 21:45:20 EDT 2001


Financial Times (London) 
September 18, 2001, Tuesday London Edition 1 
EUROPE; Pg. 13 

Greece to examine Milosevic accounts 

By KERIN HOPE 

ATHENS 

BODY: 
Greece's justice ministry has started procedures to examine more than 250 accounts held at Athens-based banks by companies linked to Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav president. 

The move followed a request by Carla del Ponte, chief prosecutor at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Details of the accounts were provided by authorities in Belgrade as part of an effort to trace the Milosevic regime's illegal financial dealings. 

Eleftherotypia, a Greek newspaper, yesterday said the accounts were active between 1992 and 1996, when Yugoslavia was subject to international trade sanctions. 

They were used by the Serbian government to channel customs revenues and income from state-owned companies to buy weapons for ethnic Serb forces fighting in Bosnia and Croatia. 

The existence of such a large number of Belgrade-linked accounts in Greece appears to reflect the support shown for the Milosevic regime by former Greek governments. Athens was accused then of breaking international sanctions by allowing Greek companies to supply fuel to Yugoslavia. 

Previously Cyprus was considered the main conduit for illegal transactions by the Serbian government. The accounts under investigation belonged to offshore companies based in Cyprus, Eleftherotypia said. Most were held at Greek branches of Bank of Cyprus, the biggest Greek-Cypriot bank, and at European Popular Bank, the Greek subsidiary of Popular Bank of Cyprus. Other accounts were held at three Greek banks: Commercial Bank, Egnatia Bank and Alpha Bank. 


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