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Hague Tribunal defensive on causes of Milosevic's death

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Slobodan Milosevic could have committed suicide, according to the UN Prosecutor at the Hague.

As Serbs loyal to their former president, gathered in front of the War Crimes Tribunal, to pay their respects there are many unanswered questions. 64 year old Milosevic suffered from a heart condition and high blood pressure. Chief Prosecutor Carla del Ponte was asked by journalists whether she regretted refusing his request for treatment in Moscow. She replied:“We have a decision from the trial chamber, he had all the medical care he needs.” Then she turned her attention to the implications of Milosevic’s death. “The most senior perpetrators are still at large. Now more than ever, I expect Serbia to finally arrest and transfer Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karaddzic to the Hague as soon as possible. The death of Slobodan Milosevic makes it even more urgent for them to face justice. “ At the Forensic Institute in the Hague, Serbian experts have joined their Dutch counterparts to help with the autopsy. They are not expected to deliver any conclusions till Monday. To some he was a hero, to others a dangerous war criminal. For the UN tribunal in the Hague, the only important thing was justice. Milosevic’s premature death, means this judgement must be left to history.1.44 Ends