Serb student fugitive quizzed over travel papers

September 18, 2008 8:34:33 AM PDT
Investigators are questioning a Serbian basketball player about travel documents that helped him flee the United States after a bar brawl that left a New York college student hospitalized for months. Miladin Kovacevic and his mother are being quizzed Thursday at a Belgrade court in the case against a former Serb diplomat suspected of providing Kovacevic with emergency travel documents. Those papers helped Kovacevic jump bail and flee the United States last June after being charged with assault in upstate New York.

The U.S. has been pressing the Serbian government to hand over Kovacevic. The case has strained relations between Washington and Belgrade, which has insisted its laws do not allow extradition.