SLOBODAN Milosevic's wife arrives in The Hague for visit on his 60th birthday

Saturday, August 18th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ Mirjana Markovic, the wife of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, arrived in The Hague on Saturday for a three-day visit to her imprisoned husband, who turns 60 on Monday.

Markovic arrived at Schiphol airport accompanied by her daughter-in-law, Milica Gajic, grandson Marko and the family's lawyer, Dragoslav Ognjanovic.

This is Markovic's second visit. She also made a three-day trip last month.

``This is an ordinary visit. They are going to see him, to visit him, about his birthday, August 20th. Nothing special,'' Ognjanovic said at the airport in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

Asked if the family members and the jailed former president would have more privacy than during the strictly supervised July visit, the attorney said: ``They are going to see each other in direct contact, that they can hug each other.''

Prior visits were monitored and the two were separated by a glass wall.

Milosevic has been indicted alongside four of his top aides for alleged atrocities against Kosovo Albanians in 1999. The U.N. war crimes tribunal at The Hague entered pleas of innocent on all counts on his behalf when he refused to respond to the charges in court.