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Slobodan Milosevic, has been found dead in his cell

March 11, 2006 08:58PM
Former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic, who was on trial for genocide, has been found dead in his cell in The Hague, just a few months before his four year trial was expected to finally end.

Milosevic, who was 64, had been suffering from poor health for some time and these which had been the cause of several major delays in the trial. The charges relates back to the genocide of up to 100,000 Muslims during the 1990s. Suicide is not suspected, but the War Crimes Tribunal which was trying him has ordered an inquiry.

Milosevic earned the nickname "The Butcher of the Balkans" during his time in power for his "ethnic cleansing" of Bosnian Muslims in the mid 90s. He was eventually overthrown in 2000 and sent to The Hague for trial the following year. He had pleaded not guilty to 66 counts of genocide.

Milosevic's family and supporteds have blamed the Tribunal for his death, with his brother Borislav saying "it alone bears responsibility." His lawyer also claimed there had been attempts to poison him while in prison and insisted that the autopsy be performed by a Russian pathologist in Moscow, rather than by any medical team related to the Tribunal.

David Owen, a former EU envoy to the Balkans, expressed disappointment that Milosevic had not lived to hear the verdict of the trial, saying the Bosnian people had been "cheated" by the death.

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