BELGRADE, May 31 (AFP) -
Serbia has withdrawn an international arrest warrant against Mira Markovic, fugitive wife of former Yugoslav president and war crimes indictee Slobodan Milosevic, a court official said Tuesday.
"The (international) arrest warrant is no longer in force after the defense lawyer has promised that the defendant, Mira Markovic, will appear at the trial scheduled in September," a spokeswoman for Belgrade's district court Ivana Ramic told AFP.
However, the national arrest warrant remains in force and Markovic will be arrested if and when she returns to Serbia-Montenegro, said Ramic.
Markovic could then be released on bail pending the verdict in her trial.
Ramic said that the court had informed the Interpol office in Belgrade that the international arrest warrant against Markovic had been withdrawn.
The arrest warrant was originally issued after Markovic failed to appear in court in April 2004, to face charges of abuse of power.
Serbian prosecutors had also issued an arrest warrant for Markovic, believed to be hiding in Russia with her son, over the August 2000 murder of former Serbian president Ivan Stambolic.
Milosevic has been indicted for ordering the murder, while several members of the special police unit "Red berets" are on trial for organizing and executing his order.
Since June 2002, Milosevic has been in custody at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague where he is standing trial on more than 60 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo that tore apart Yugoslavia in the 1990s.