Even in death, the former Yugoslav president is at the centre of a storm of controversy. While early tests indicate a fatal heart attack, Milosevic’s lawyer claims his client believed he was being poisoned. Zdenko Tomanovic said Milosevic voiced his suspicions in a letter written the day before he died. “On January 12 this year, a strong drug was found in his bloodstream which, as stated in the report, is used only for the treatment of tuberculosis and leprosy,” he said. Milosevic’s death does not mean the case is closed for the UN War Crimes Tribunal.
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is still at large, as is his military commander, Ratko Mladic.
Chief UN Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said their arrests are now even more crucial.
“The most senior perpetrators are still out. Now, more than ever, I expect Serbia to finally arrest and transfer Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic to the Hague as soon as possible.” Meanwhile, Milosevic’s wife has told journalists that her husband had suffered from chronic exhaustion during the last months of his life.
Speaking from exile in Russia, Mirjana Markovic said she believed Milosevic’s death may have been hastened by other factors than natural causes.