Car del Ponto, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, said earlier this week that Djordjevic was hiding in Russia but the Russian Foreign Ministry denied the information.
Djordjevic, 58, is one of the six people wanted by the Hague Tribunal. He is accused of war crimes in Kosovo committed in 1999, when he headed the Serbian Interior Ministry's Public Security Service, and also served as a deputy minister.
He remained in his post after the fall of the Milosevic regime October 5, 2000, and disappeared immediately after the discovery of mass graves where Serbian police had buried slain Kosovo Albanian civilians. Djordjevic is thought to have played a key role in hiding the bodies.
In August 2005, another war crimes suspect, Dragan Zelenovic, was arrested in Russia's West Siberia where he had been living for several years under an assumed name. In June 2006, he was extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina and later taken to The Hague for trial. In January, he pleaded guilty of crimes against humanity, including torture and rape.
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