Saturday, March 11, 2006

Murder at The Hague?

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic feared he was poisoned in his detention cell in The Hague, his lawyer Zdenko Tomanovic said on Saturday hours after the tribunal announced Milosevic's death.
"Today I have filed an official request to the tribunal to have the autopsy carried out in Moscow, having in mind his claims yesterday that he was being poisoned in the jail," Tomanovic told Serbia's B-92 television from The Hague.

UPDATE: What a surprise- they're scared stiff of an an independent autopsy.

UN War Crimes Tribunal Denies Request for Milosevic Autopsy in Moscow
Xinhua - 2006-03-12 03:19:02
The U.N. war crimes tribunal said on Saturday it had denied a request by Slobodan Milosevic's lawyer to have the autopsy of the former Yugoslavia president conducted in Moscow instead of The Hague. A tribunal official also declined to comment on a claim by Milosevic's lawyer that he had been poisoned while in jail. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague on Saturday announced that Milosevic had been found dead on his bed in his cell at the UN detention unit in Scheveningen. Milosevic, 64, has suffered from high blood pressure and heart problems. On Feb. 24, the tribunal refused Milosevic's request to be temporarily released to Moscow in order to undergo medical treatment. In a trial that started on Feb. 12, 2002, Milosevic faced 66 charges of war crimes, including genocide for his role in the Balkan wars following the breakup of the Yugoslav federation in the 1990s.

Russian Foreign Ministry regrets Milosevic not allowed treatment in Moscow

BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - March 11, 2006 SaturdayText of report by Russia TV on 11 MarchReturning to the main story of the day, the death of Milosevic, we have just received an answer to our inquiry from the Foreign Ministry. This is what they said: [reads out statement] The Foreign Ministry regrets that the Hague tribunal refused to allow the former president of Yugoslavia to undergo treatment in Moscow, despite the guarantees Russia gave. The Foreign Ministry also expresses its sincerest condolences to the family and relatives of Slobodan Milosevic.[Interfax report at 1416 gmt quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry's statement as saying: "As is known, because of worsening health, S. Milosevic asked if he could undergo treatment in Russia. Russian doctors were ready to help him, and the Russian authorities guaranteed that all the demands of the International Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia relating to this would be fulfilled. Unfortunately, despite our guarantees, the tribunal did not allow Milosevic to undergo treatment in Russia." "We are waiting for details about the circumstances of Milosevic's death," the statement also said.

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