Balkans Update: The Man Who Knew Too Much

With SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC behind bars in a 36-sq.-ft. windowless cell (complete with squat toilet) in downtown Belgrade, a former crony emerged as the man whose testimony put him there. MIHALJ KERTES was chief of Customs from 1994 to 2000, placing him at the center of a criminal network that permeated the regime. It was through Kertes, investigators say, that as much as $4 billion in levies collected at Serbia's borders was diverted to Milosevic. Now, say Milosevic's lawyers, Kertes is telling all. To defend himself from that testimony, Milosevic said the stolen funds were not for personal gain but to arm...

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