At 4:00 am on the morning of April 1, 2001, Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic surrendered after a 40-hour stand-off at his home in Belgrade. Milosevic has pleaded non-guilty to the domestic charges of abuse of power and theft of state funds; he will spend the next 30 days in custody at in Belgrade's central prison. During the stand-off, the former president had repeatedly stated that he would not be taken alive. He was, however, reassured after learning that he was not, in fact, being arrested on charges of war crimes. He was indicted in 1999 for war crimes and is wanted by the United Nations for trial in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Last year, the US Congress gave officials in Belgrade a March 31, 2001 deadline to cooperate with The Hague or they would face an aid cutoff of $50 million in US assistance. While Milosevic was only charged with domestic criminal charges, the Yugoslav government hopes that the US will be appeased by this arrest which may lead to his extradition to the tribunal.
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