Republican presidential contender Pat Robertson has been ordered to pay $28,000 of court costs incurred by a former congressman he had sued for questioning his war record, lawyers said Monday.

The clerk of U.S. District Court here rejected $14,845 of the $42,845 sought by ex-Rep. Paul N. McCloskey Jr., R-Calif., following the dismissal last month of Robertson's $35 million libel action.McCloskey was sued in 1986 after he claimed that Robertson had used the political influence of his late father, Sen. A. Willis Robertson, D-Va., to avoid combat duty during the Korean War.

Robertson dropped the lawsuit last month rather than going to trial on March 8, when he ran in Republican primaries on Super Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Joyce Hens Green dismissed the lawsuit on the condition that Robertson pay McCloskey's court costs.