The government has decided to relieve the Serbian consul-general in New York of his duties in today’s phone conference.
Slobodan NenadoviÄ‡ is the Serbian diplomat said to have been involved in issuing a new passport to a Serbian national undergoing trial in the United States.
The suspect, Miladin KovaÄeviÄ‡, is believed to have used the travel document to flee the country.
Yesterday, the U.S. Ambassador in Belgrade put pressure on the Serbian authorities to react and extradite KovaÄeviÄ‡ to the United States.
U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter wants Serbia to return Miladin KovaÄeviÄ‡, accused of beating a fellow student into a coma, to America to face trial.
Munter told the Beta news agency that the U.S. was â€œshockedâ€ and â€œembitteredâ€ by the news of KovaÄeviÄ‡â€™s case and the conduct of the Serbian Consulate that had allowed him to flee the country.
The ambassador added that the U.S. was â€œembittered by the behavior of the Serbian Consulate, which reacted inappropriately by issuing KovaÄeviÄ‡ temporary travel documents, after a judge had told him to turn in his passport and not leave the territory of the U.S.â€
â€œI am personally embittered because of this tragedy, and the suffering that Bryan Steinhauer and his family are going through,â€ Munter said, adding that â€œthis case is a top priority for the U.S. government.â€
Munter said that he expected the â€œSerbian Foreign Ministry to punish the Serbian vice consul to the U.S. Igor MiloÅ¡eviÄ‡ for his behavior, and look into the involvement of other government officials.â€
â€œI met with senior Serbian Foreign Ministry officials today, and officially asked for the return of KovaÄeviÄ‡ to the United States in order to face the charges against him,â€ the ambassador said.
He said that Serbian officials had stated that they were ready to cooperate and were considering â€œall possible options for resolving the current situation.â€
The foreign ministryâ€™s cabinet told Beta that vice-consul MiloÅ¡eviÄ‡ had been summoned to Belgrade to face disciplinary action in order to uncover what exactly took place, and why KovaÄeviÄ‡ had been given temporary travel approval.
KovaÄeviÄ‡, who is studying in the U.S., is accused of assaulting and severely injuring a fellow college student. The U.S. government released him on bail before the beginning of the trial, but prohibited him from leaving the country, and confiscated his passport.