Although the autopsy by Dutch and Serb experts revealed Slobodan Milosevic died of a heart attack, controversy continues to surround his death.
The Russian government has said it wants to send its own doctors to examine the body. And a Dutch medical expert said the former Serb President took drugs which worsened his health before dying in prison on Saturday.
Milosevic’s lawyer Zdenko Tomanovic, added his voice to the doubts. He said: “One issue is whether Milosevic’s claims that he was being poisoned were justified or not. Furthermore another issue is whether we can find reliable proof of the long lasting systematic damage to his health.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov quoted from a six-page letter Milosovic sent to Moscow, in which he claiming traces of a strong drug were found in his blood.
Lavrov said: “His letter expresses concerns that, in his opinion, some of the medical methods applied by doctors from the War Crimes Tribunal were negatively affecting his health.”
The cause of Milosevic’s death remains a mystery. A Belgian newspaper claims non-prescribed drugs were discovered during a search of his cell in January. Milosevic who had heart problems, had asked to travel to Moscow for medical treatment.