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Serbian authorities argue with Milosevic family over funeral plan

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Serbian authorities argue with Milosevic family over funeral plan


It’s unclear whether Slobodan Milosevic’s body will be taken to Serbia or to Russia. Supporters in his home town of Pozarewacz think he should be brought home, in spite of the fact that the government has ruled out any kind of state funeral.

“The ex-President should have a hero’s burial in Belgrade, just like Izetbegovic got in Bosnia or Tujman in Croatia.” said a local man. “It would be disgraceful for him to have a second class funeral”. Marko Milosevic,the dead man’s son, is expected in the Netherlands today to collect the body. But he has made it clear he is not prepared to take the coffin to Belgrade if it means his mother might be arrested by Serbian authorities.

“I have just lost my father and don’t want to risk losing my mother,” he said before leaving his home in Moscow. Milosevic’s widow Mira, who also lives in Russia, faces being arrested on fraud charges if she returns to Serbia. A court in Belgrade is to rule today on whether to lift the arrest warrant. The Serbian president Boris Tadic ruled out giving any amnesty for Mira Milosevic. He said it was a matter for the courts. If the funeral does take place in Belgrade Milosevic will not be entitled to a grave in the so called “Avenue of Heroes” as some other members of his family hoped.

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