Report: Serb student appears in public

August 18, 2008 1:11:57 PM PDT
A Serbian newspaper is reporting that a student wanted in the United States on assault charges showed up for a training session at a local basketball club. Blic daily says 20-year-old Miladin Kovacevic appeared fit while training with other players of KK Vrbas club in northern Serbia on weekend.

Kovacevic had played basketball for Binghamton University in northern New York state. He fled to Serbia after being charged in the severe beating of Bryan Steinhauer during a May 4 bar fight.

Kovacevic has refused to return to the United States for a trial. Serbia says its laws do not allow extradition of its citizens.

Blic on Monday also quoted Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic as saying Kovacevic's decision to stay in Serbia was his "personal choice."