The UN war crimes tribunal has formally closed the trial of Slobodan Milosevicfor genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. “The chamber has been advised of the death of the accused, Slobodan Milosevic,” said Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson in Courtroom One of the Hague tribunal.
“We express our regret at his passing. We also regret that his untimely death has deprived, not only him, but indeed all interested parties, of a judgement upon the allegations in the indictment.
“His death terminates these proceedings.”
The former Yugoslav president refused to recognize the tribunal, where his trial began over four years ago. Critics say the legal process was too lengthy and complex and that Milosevic was being tried on too many counts related to events in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo in the 1990s.