- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - A New York prosecutor says he will help Serbian authorities in the trial of a former Binghamton University basketball player who fled the U.S. after he was charged with beating a classmate.

Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen says he will turn over evidence requested by prosecutors in Belgrade. Mollen had previously insisted that Miladin Kovacevic’s (koh-VAH’-cheh-vich) return to the U.S. to stand trial for the assault on Bryan Steinhauer.

Steinhauer, of Brooklyn, was in a coma for months with head injuries suffered in the attack at a downtown Binghamton bar last May.

The case has strained relations between the U.S. and Serbia. Washington has insisted on a U.S. trial for the 22-year-old Kovacevic, but Serbia says its laws ban extradition.

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