The former Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, has been found dead in his cell in The Hague, where he has been on trial for war crimes since 2001. The cause of death is not yet know but a full autopsy is underway. Milosevic, 64, suffered from a heart condition and high blood pressure.
His ill-health had repeatedly interrupted his four-year trial at The Hague on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the bloody break up of Yugoslavia. The hearing had been expected to come to an end in a few months.
Milosevic, who was overthrown in 2000 after 13 years in office and sent to The Hague the following year, said last month his health was getting worse. In February the tribunal rejected a request by him to travel to Russia for specialist treatment, saying his lawyers had failed to show his medical needs could not be met in the Netherlands.
Milosevic’s brother has been quoted as saying that the international war crimes court was “entirely responsible” for his death.